From 10,000 to 6,000 years ago, the mankind started to make a earthenware and use them. In Korea, they have used earthen ware from 7~8,000years ago-the New Stone Age.
 
From the earlier times, they have made pottery firing temperature at 1,100 degrees, and some countries- Korea ,China and Vietnam can make pottery in firing temperature at 1,300 degrees.
Especially Korea and China have produced originality and beautiful pottery. In 9th century Silla times, they have had great opportunity of trade with China and accepted manufacturing technology of Celadon. The celadon that hasstarted made in the unity Silla times and developed. And it was the most beautiful celadon as Chinese said " The Koryo` s celadon is wonderful." The celadon of Koryo dynasty was splendid and elegantbecause it has affected by Buddhism of nobles centered. And it disappeared from the end of Koryo dynasty.
In the course of from celadon to white ware , there is the stone ware pottery known as "PunChong.", is very characteristic and wonderful in 15th century of Korea. This characteristic PunChong stone ware went to Japan during Korea and Japan war in 16th century and it became a staring point of developing of pottery in Japan.
At that time of Japan , they have used earthen ware ,because they could not produced pottery. When Japan invaded Korea in the 1590s, Japanese called the " Pottery war "and they took many Korean potters back to Japan. Among these potters, there was one potter who named "Yi SamPyong." And Japanese called him the father of pottery in Japan. As a result of Korea and Japan war, PunChong ware almost completely disappeared from Korea, due to the lack of potters, the destruction of kilns. The Choson in 17th century, the white-clad Korea, they produced the white ware has its own purity, chastity and modesty. The white ware was loved by classicalscholars of Choson and it developed industrial arts with humor and witin elegance.
 
 

 

The Korean pottery , by base of good natural disposition, has clear and characteristic, the shape is healthy and live. The Korean potters lived in deep recesses of mountains and content to be part of nature, one with nature. They find the beauty in simple colors and liberal molding . They accomplished characteristic pottery arts in this beauty.



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