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Living and breathing earth and fire for a career

As a 3rd generation of producing onggi following my father, I have lived and breathed earth and fire as a lifelong job.
I have only been dedicated to realizing the beauty of traditional onggi with the outlook of an artisan. Without an awareness of the passage of time, I just acknowledged my gray hair. My young son has grown up and is enthusiastic to be the next generation potter succeeding me.

For my entire life, I have lived as a potter still embracing the first resolution I made when I entered this world. I will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
I would like to see our traditional onggi firmly rooted in our daily lives. I always appreciate your warm support and encouragement.

Ilseong Pottery

Ilseong Pottery
Company Name Represent Address Contact No.
Ilseong Pottery Shin Il-seong 2-6, Oegosan2-gil, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 052-238-3521


  • 1943 Born in Yeongdeok in Gyeongsangbuk-do.
  • 1960 Began a career as the 3rd onggi potter following his late father
  • 1963 Settled down in the onggi village, Gosan-ri, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun.
  • 1969 Inherited the ‘firing’ of the traditional kiln from his late father.
  • 1974 Demonstrated how to make onggi and exhibited onggi artworks for three months in a Spanish pottery village.
  • 1977 Founded Ilseong Pottery.
  • 1980 For the first time in Korea, manufactured red-colored pottery used for decoration and distributed it nationwide.
  • 1986 ~ 2000 Every year, demonstrated how to make Shin Il-seong style pottery to Japanese potters including a potter Yosida Akira.
  • 1990 Developed the ‘ onggi based mineral water pot’ with a tap according to the times in Korea.
  • 1995 Expanded annual cultural exchange through onggi with the ‘Small Pepper Association’ (Korean Culture Research Institute) in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1996.9 Shin Il-seong was introduced to the September issue of “Nagomi”, the Japanese monthly magazine, in the section of ‘Korean Beauty ③'.
  • 1998.10.27 Elected as a representative to construct the Oegosan Onggi Hall.
  • 2000.3.27 installed the traditional kiln, the tube kiln, the bowl kiln, and other when invited by the Doosan Ceramics in Jillye-myeon, Gimhae-si.
  • 2000.11.25 Successfully held the 1st Oegosan Onggi Festival.
  • 2001 Hosted the 2nd 1st Oegosan Onggi Festival.
  • 2002 Hosted the 3rd 1st Oegosan Onggi Festival.
  • - Introduced to every domestic and overseas media sources; made a big contribution to promoting Korean traditional onggi.

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