The pots are hand built using the coil method, polished with a stone and fired over a campfire in a 5-gallon can with sawdust or cow dung. A simple technology that can be done almost anywhere using a minimum of resources.
The materials incorporated onto the pots after they have been fired have all been found dead – hit by cars, washed-up on the beach, brought in by the cat – or they are by-products of the foods we eat, usually thrown away. I’m not focusing on death, I’m trying to hold-onto the beauty of life.
Yi Kang-hyo, or Kang-Hyo Lee as he is sometimes called, is known for his innovations on traditional Punchong pottery. Indigenous Korean clays are dark in colour and rich in iron oxide, which fires to a deep chocolate brown. White slip was added to coat the brown clay and lighten the colour of the pots. An ash glaze is applied thinly, giving the pot a pale jade green or soft grey blue tinge.
In this jar, Yi uses the slip in a spontaneous and fluid way, At the same time, the traditional ingredients of Punchong are unchanged: dark clay, white slip, and an ash glaze.
This charming plate by Spanish master Pablo Picasso features a round, voluminous owl on a starry background. Created during a Summer spent at the French Riviera, the plate bears a Madoura stamp and Edition Picasso Madoura on the underside.
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