The following slideshow is a collection of images captured during a ceramics tour of South Korea after attending the 38th celadon ceramics festival in Gangjin, South Korea earlier this year.
Korea has a long history of invasion and cultural assimilation, from the Mongols in the 13th century, the Japanese in the 16th century, and the Japanese again in 1910. Since independence in 1948, there has been an emphasis in Korea on revitalising cultural identity: the Celadon Ceramics Festival has become a beneficiary of this Korean government initiative.
I, along with other international ceramic artists, were invited to exhibit and demonstrate their skills during the festival. Afterwards we were treated to a ceramics tour of South Korea. Due to Korean history there was a strong emphasis on tea and teawares, with which I fell in love.