Ceramic Art Package Tour
Icheon Ceramics Village
Icheon Ceramics Village produces traditional Korean ceramics, which are of high quality. The village became the center of traditional pottery during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) for about 500 years due to the easily obtainable materials in the areas. Icheon Ceramics Village was also the center of Joseon Baekja ceramics. Presently, about 80 pottery factories are congregated at the village, and about 300 pottery kilns are in use.
Visitors can observe the pottery production process, and purchase them directly. It is worthwhile to see the crafts of these potters known as Living Cultural Treasures of Korea for creating the highest quality handicrafts. Not only are the traditional Cheongja,Baekja, and Buncheong pottery produced here, but you can also view modern design pottery. The Haegang Ceramics Art Center is the only ceramics Art Center in Korea, where you can learn about ceramics. One of the must-see events at Icheon Ceramics Village is the internationally famous “Icheon Ceramics Festival” held every year. Displayed pottery as well as, pottery classes, traditional kiln handling, pottery character show, and even parades are held.
There are various hands-on activities available in Korea and many tourists both local and foreign visit experience-activity destinations just to partake in something new. Pottery-making is probably the most popular activity among all because of its foreigner-friendly services, such as language assistance and reasonable prices. But above all, the fact that they provide nourishing contents in learning Korea's traditional culture best explains its popularity.
On that note, Icheon of Gyeonggi-do region is heavily frequented for ceramic-making programs, and is recommended for international tourists as it has operated a ceramic program for a long time. Designated as the representative city of Korea's pottery culture, the city provides a one-day ceramic-making program for foreigners and is only a 40-minute bus ride away from Seoul. For most cases, the final products are ready to take home that day, but certain projects may require additional time for drying and baking. However, fret not as you can sign up to have your work delivered through air mail service later!
Highlight of Tour Spot
Icheon Ceramic Village which is located an hour away from Seoul is the major place of white pocelain of Joseon Dynasty that is continuing the legacy of brilliant Korean ceramic culture. To see the essence of Korean traditional celadon such as aristocratic Goryeo celadon, simple and graceful white porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty, this is the place you should visit. Icheon Ilwon became the center of Korean traditional pottery since Joseon Dynasty because of its location to easily get the base material and fuel like the neighbor city Gwangju. Icheon has invested 7 hundred million won of working expenses in the village to build exhibition room, restaurant, parking lots for convenience in 1988, and it was spotlighted as one day tour course during the 1988 Olympic games.Especially, you will feel the unique subtle green color on the ceramics and its pure beauty through the artworks of Mr. Ji who is an intangible property for pottery of white porcelain. Also Heagang Ceramic Museum is the only ceramic art gallery where many ceramic lovers visit to meet the late Mr. Go’s works of celadon.Pottery factories are concentrated in Saeumdong and Sindunmyeon of Icheon-si where you can be guided to production process of ceramics and purchase for yourself. After learning about production process through 20 minutes tour and explanation, you will get the chance to the pottery making practice. You will draw or write words with brush on a biscuit firing. Reservation is needed on each spin wheel.
Travel to Icheon to try your hands to make ceramic pieces like cups, jars, pendants, or vases under careful guidance of master(Options for extra pay). Yeoju has long been the cradle of Korea’s high quality porcelain. There is a well established workshop where you can test your own pottery-making skills.
The clay is ready at your turn table. Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln to induce reactions that lead to permanent changes, including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. Prior to some shaping processes, air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed by wedging. Wedging can also help to ensure even moisture content throughout the body. Once a clay body has been de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried before firing. The potter’s most basic tools include the potter’s wheel and turntable, shaping tools (paddles, anvils, ribs), rolling tools (roulettes, slab rollers, rolling pins), cutting, piercing tools (knives, fluting tools, wires) and finishing tools. (burnishing stones, rasps, chamois)