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Best of Korean crafts on show

Nov. 24, 2022 - 16:03 By Hwang Dong-hee
“Cha-gok Cha-gok” tea set by Jung Ji-yun (Cultural Heritage Administration)

The best of Korean crafts are on show through Sunday at Changwon Exhibition Convention Center, in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.

A total of 229 winning handicraft works from this year’s Korea Crafts Competition are displayed at the exhibition, as well as 90 previous winning works. This year, more than 2,012 works were submitted across six categories: wood lacquer, ceramics, metal, textiles, paper and others.

Winning the top honor of the presidential award was a tea set by artist Jung Ji-yun.

Titled “Cha-gok Cha-gok” -- a combination of the Korean words for tea and grain which also has the meaning of “to pile neatly" -- Jung’s set of teaware and liquorware combines simple designs with the blue-greenish color of celadon, according to the Korea Federation of Handicrafts Cooperatives.

The “bok” character in Hanja, meaning “blessing,” is featured in its pieces in hopes of finding comfort and joy while drinking tea, according to the artist.

A tea set by In Hyun-sik (Cultural Heritage Administration)

Another ceramic work by artist In Hyun-sik won the second prize of the prime minister’s award.

In's tea set is made from black soil and fired at 1,270 degrees Celsius without glazing oil. The inside of the teapot has been lacquered with silver to show off the color of tea, which also softens the taste of the tea, the artist explained.

Four sets of handicrafts -- a set of calligraphy and painting supplies, a set of plates made from metal, a celadon teapot set and a traditional Korean wooden chest -- won the third prize.

Visitors view crafts on display at Changwon Exhibition Convention Center, in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, Thursday. (Cultural Heritage Administration)

The awards ceremony was held along with the opening ceremony for the exhibition at the convention center at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Visitors can also look around handcrafted products at an open market for crafts workers and sales booths introducing regional collections from 16 cities and provinces.