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Yeonghwa Ceramics

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The Past 50 years with earth; life as an old potter with onggi

I was introduced to onggi in 1959 due to the recommendation by the deceased Heo Deok-man (the founder of Oegosan Onggi Village). I was also one of the inaugural members of Oegosan village back then. Inheriting artisan Heo Deok-man’s three-generation skills: forming methods, spinning, glaze preparation, kiln building, and firing, I founded Yeonghwa Ceramics based on my own onggi kiln built in 1968. Since then, I have been dedicated to onggi production.

Since 1972 when master Heo Deak-man suddenly passed away, I have been living in Oegosan for the last 50 years with pride as his successor. In order to defend traditional onggi that has lost its footing because of new types of handy food containers and changes to housing structure, I have held on to the manual work, the perfect traditional method using natural glazes and strived to create cultural values of the traditional onggi village.

I have been invited to demonstrate onggi experience programs of every group and to introduce Korean Oegosan onggi to other countries such Japan and Europe, and so our onggi culture has been acknowledged in the world. Now, I am just focused on making small dishes less than 100 liters instead of big pots and customizing pottery in accordance with consumers‘ tastes.

Yeonghwa Ceramics

Yeonghwa Ceramics
Company Name Represent Address Contact No.
Yeonghwa Ceramics Bae Yeong-hwa 54, Oegosan3-gil, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 052-238-3620

 Career

  • Born on January 2nd, 1942.
  • 1957 Completed the four semesters in Yeongdeok Middle School.
  • 1959 Inherited onggi skills from artisan Heo Deok-man, the founder of the onggi village in what is now Gosan-ri, Onyang-eup.
  • 1968 Found Yeonghwa Ceramics and ran his own kiln.
  • 1989 Acted as a director of the National Federation of the Korean Pottery Cooperative.
  • 1991 When invited to California in the U.S. by the business association, he received an honorary citizenship by the state government for promoting the excellence and skills of Korean onggi.
  • 1998 When invited as an instructor to the Japanese Sigarakki pottery training center, he educated apprentices and demonstrated how to produce Korean onggi, the excellence of onggi, and how to fire the chamber kiln.
  • 2000 When invited to the Israel government-run national museum, he exhibited and demonstrated onggi.
  • 2002 Served as a pottery teacher in the foreign school of the US 8th Corps of the United States Army Forces in Korea.
  • 2004 Awarded the Ulju-gun citizen prize (in the education & culture division for his effort in inheriting and developing traditional onggi culture).
  • 2006 Appointed as the chairman of the 7th Ulju Oegosan Onggi Festival Promotion Committee.
  • 2007 Appointed as the technical committee member of the Ulsan City Skills Competition; added the onggi division for the first time.
  • 2007 Presented with an award certificate by Ulsan City Mayor.
  • 2007 Appointed as the Ulsan City-led 2009 International Onggi Expo Advisory Committee member.
  • 2007. 12 Invited to the workshop led by Limoges National Arts University in France.
  • 2008. 4 Appointed as the onggi examiner at the Ulsan Skill Competition.
  • 2009. 2 Accredited as an Ulsan Potter, the important intangible cultural property No.4.

The main work

The main work, Pohoto