Monday, September 28, 2009

Pottery- Korean Style


Recently our family went into the countryside (about an hour and a half bus ride) to visit the traditional Korean pottery city, Icheon. If you've read Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, you know what I'm taking about.

There's a festival held there once a year in the spring but since it's fall, we just went to the part of town that had all the Korean pots for sale. There were about forty shops in all that sold all types of pottery from the traditional celadon to a more modern rustic look.

The boys also made their own pots. Here's a video of Caleb shaping his clay:
video

And Luke:

video

And remember when Doug made his own pot? Here it is:








I kind of got carried away and bought too much pottery (and more not pictured for my parents). What's your favorite? The traditional green celadon (on the left) or the modern?

16 comments:

Stacy Nyikos said...

I LOVE the one with the cherry blossom (?) tree on it. That's gorgeous! I'm having pottery envy now.

Jen and Steven said...

Wow, what an amazing and fun place to visit! How cool that Caleb and Luke got to participate, too! I don't know if I can choose a favorite among the pieces you bought; I like the history (and color) of the traditional style, and I also like the tree pattern on the modern single piece. I get compliments all the time on the platter and other pieces you sent me a long time ago; I'm thinking they're more of the modern style.

beth said...

Oh, WOW. Those pots looks so beautiful! And so much fun for the kids! :)

Kim Kasch said...

I guess I'm a traditionalist.

Love the link. What a cool place to go visit and FREE - I always love those kinds of field trips.

Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Harris said...

There's something to be said for that traditional one. It's gorgeous!

I've got pottery envy too.

Bish Denham said...

Beautiful. I really, really, really like the one with the lid, the third phote.

Carmella Van Vleet said...

I liked the traditional one with the tree on it the best. If my daughter and I make to Korea next year, will you take us to the pottery place? (My dojang is talking about *maybe* organizing a school trip!)

MG Higgins said...

These are all gorgeous. (The pictures of your boys with the potter are so cute!)

Nora MacFarlane said...

Celadon - hands down. Your kids are adorable!

Rena said...

That's great! Looks like a great experience for your boys. :)

Christina Farley said...

Thanks so much guys! I'm glad you liked them. It's interesting to see which are people's favorites.

And Carmella, are you coming to Korea? When? I'm not sure how much longer we will be here. Probably leaving in June. I hope I don't miss you!

Lenore said...

I went to a pottery town in Japan and made some hideous pottery of my own.

Kelly said...

How wonderful that your boys made their own!! I love the bottom one with the tree. I love trees!

Nandini said...

Great pots Luke, Caleb, and Doug! Did you make one too, Christina? My favorite from the ones you bought is the bottom one with the tree. It's beautiful!

Shelli said...

gorgeous! i want one.

Diane said...

I am more traditional. What a beautiful experience your boys will always remember. :O)