Monday, September 15, 2008
Kim Kyoung Soo's Baekdu Mountain Buncheong Style Tea Bowl
This tea bowl's gritty, rocky skin takes one's senses to a place far away. As fingers traverse the outer body of this bowl the eyes follow. The colour- earthy, rusty browns, with patches of greeny-yellow is reminiscent of the earth sure to cover a mountain. As one views into this bowl a range of rocky mountain peeks of white completely encircle a lake of overly watery Yame Blue Label matcha.
This is not the scene of any ordinary mountain, it is of the holy Baekdu Mountain, the very mountain where, it is said, the Korean nation was once born. The lake of tea in which one sips from now mirroring the pristine lake which rests in the volcanic summit of Baekdu. With every sip, one sips from a holy place.
Where is this place?