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An image of Punch'ông ware jar by Yoon Kwang-cho

Yoon Kwang-cho

(Korea 1946 – )

Punch'ông ware jar
Other titles:
Punch'ong ware jar
Alternative title:
Powder green ware jar
Place of origin
circa 1990
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with slip decoration

39.0 x 31.0 cm

Purchased with assistance from an anonymous donor 1992
Accession number
© Yoon Kwang-cho
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (4)

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

Exhibition history (3)

Kwang-Cho Yoon ceramic exhibition (1991), Sun Gallery and Sun Art Center, Seoul, 1991–1991

Yoon Kwang-cho ceramics (1991), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 13 Aug 1991–07 Sep 1991

Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995