These are a teapot & cup made by traditional Pu-re onggi method. “Pu-re" is a pure Korean word that expresses the bluish and subtle colors of the Pu-re Onggi. Pu-re Onggi has been widely used for storing grain and water since ancient times because of its excellent waterproof and purification capabilities. Auroi's Pu-re onggi product is made in harmony with the Chunil salts, charcoal and occasional air in a traditional kiln at temperatures of over 1,300 degrees. The Pu-re Onggi, which was made from a joint venture between craftsmen and nature for a long time, was not only used in large quantities of salt, one of the state-controlled items at the time, but was also used in the royal court in recognition of its excellence during the production process. Auroi's Pu-re onggi brought back the meaning of nobility expressed in its signature dark blue light on the table of modern people.
Pu-re onggi requires delicate and accurate work in the selection and process of materials up to temperature, soil and salt, and even wood. Formed from selected materials through rigorous screening, the Pu-re onggi needs to be cremated in a traditional kiln with temperatures exceeding 1300 degrees for four to five days. Do not use any glaze at all, and use salt, a natural ingredient, to feed soot by naturally adhering ash to the Pu-re onggi. When this series of processes is done precisely in the artisanal way, the exquisite dark blue-green Pu-re onggi is brought to the world.
This project is a collaborative project [飮 : eum) ‘Drink’] with Sul-hee Jeon artists, and we produced drinking tools with modern taste. The harmony between straight lines and curves, and the artist's neat and sophisticated skills stand out. The small round tea set has a rounded body and handle shape that resembles the number 8, meaning continuation and repetition. Originally, the number "8" refers to the harmony between the bok and balance of yin and yang. The combination of straight and smooth curves represents a balance of yin and yang. The unity and small changes shown in the tea set is stand out.
Earthenware clay, Traditional kiln, Sea salt
174 x 88 x 100 / Ø 60 x 42
No. 96 Intangible Cultural Property of Earthenware Making (Onggijang)