Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Tea Set By Lee Tae Ho

This is another gas fired set using a technique that mimics the look of wood fired pieces. The close up shots allow for better appreciation of this technique.
Which one do you prefer this set pictured above or this set from a previous post (link)? Why?



ginkgo said...

I like the texture and little apots that the glaze is doing. I think I prefer this one because the teapot's shape is more special.I think that the photo picture mkes all a little yellow and that the real color musz be more beautiffull. Thanks for making us descovering the koreen ceramic !

Matt said...


You are right about the lighting. It isn't so natural and couldn't be corrected by editing.

Glad you enjoy.


Anonymous said...


i like the previous one better. i think the handle on the previous pot fits the shape of the teapot more harmoniously and offers better balance. the more recent one sticks out a bit to much for me. also solid pulled handles are usually quite heavy relative to thrown handles, so that may effect the teapots stability.

i prefer side mounted handles that are thrown with a hollow center such as he ones shown half way down this link by warren frederick: http://www.artistpotters.com/artist_potters/frederick/index.htm

that is just an example. there are many forms, but i find especially when holding the teapot to pour, i personally like a handle that has a slight bulge at the end to better grip.

but we all have different hands.

here is a link to a blog by korean pottery kim sae won.


his work can be found at the tongin gallery in insadong. on page 76 (numbers at the bottom) of his blog is a photo from a postcard of Lee Tae Ho's for one of his exhibitions.

this card shows woodfired work. while i like the soda fired work of his, i think his woodfired work, which is fired in an anagama kiln really deepens the texture and beauty of the pots. the kiln allows ash from the burning wood to fall directly onto the pot and melt over several days. other types of wood kilns do not.

i was a bit disappointed to see that almost all of his work at the yeoju biennale festival in may was soda fired. soda is okay, and the markings mimic an anagama kiln, but i think they are a little harsh and lack the subtelty of a good woodfire. and he was very good at woodfiring. he burnt wood that had floated to teh pacific from logging in russia, so it also added a slight bit of salt which gave a nice lustre and orange peel texture.

anyway, i would be very curious to see what you think of these woodfirers. maybe you know them well, or maybe not- none korean, a yank , a yankee in japan, a brit and a japanese potter:

www.woodfire.com - simon levin
www.johndix.com- john dix in japan
www.kumano.info - kumano kureamon, the bear of echizen
www.modernpots.com- click thru to svend bayers pots

Matt said...


Thanks for all the wonderful links! Some of the artists one is familiar with and others not so much.

Especially noble is Simon Levin's global wood kiln project.


ginkgo said...

I like the work of kim sae won so much ! I put a link in my blog a few mouths ago , his teapots are very personal .
Do you know him , Matt ?

Matt said...


Don't know him. Only from his work posted on his blog.


Miginaustria said...


Have been reading your blog periodically. Great job!
I have a question: I love the Korean bowls you have shown. Could you reveal where you purchase these? I have looked on the internet and haven't found much. I particularly like the Kim Jeong Oak piece.

Matt said...


These bowls are from galleries and shops in Korea and are not found online.

Bowls by Kim Jeong Oak usually sell for around $10 000.00 USD.

If you are seriously interested let one know your email address.

Thanks for the kind words.