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Title

Punch'ông ware jar

circa 1990


Artist

Yoon Kwang-cho

Korea

1946 -


About

In a seeming contradiction of its substance as an object, this unusual jar carries inscriptions from a Buddhist text on nothingness. The potter, a Buddhist who lives in the mountains of Kwangju, believes that dedication and painstaking effort are an essential part of the creative process. His work is praised for its individuality and for its imaginative embrace of antiquity, particularly the austere but beautiful aesthetic of the uniquely Korean 'punch'ong' (literally 'powder green') ceramics of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In this engaging object the artist has employed the 'sgraffito' technique in which the vessel, made in this case by the coiling method, is then beaten and its surface scoured in an instant 'maturing' process before being covered with a white slip. The characters have then been scratched through the thin slip. This rich combination of contemporary individuality with a spirit of antiquity expresses the ideals of purity, honesty and humble sparseness so admired by the connoisseurs and tea masters of modern Japan.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 267.


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Other Title

Punch'ong ware jar


Alternative title

Powder green ware jar


Place where the work was made

Korea


Date

circa 1990


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with slip decoration


Dimensions

39.0 x 31.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with assistance from an anonymous donor 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

198.1992


Artist information

Yoon Kwang-cho

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Korea

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 181 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 267 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 211 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 187 (colour illus.).