Traditional Korean Earthenware
Onggi is traditional Korean earthenware made from clay with a high percentage of iron and hand formed on a kick wheel. Onggi has a long tradition as storage containers for fermented foods and dates back to 5000 BC.
Head, Heart, Hands
Korean artist Lee Kang-hyo is a master of Onggi . A short documentary film tells the story of this widely respected master potter and the spiritual journey that plays a major role in his artistic practice. We are brought into his studio where over the course of 5 days we witness his dynamic working process and he shares with us his definition of making art and making a beautiful life, and how the two are inseparable. Lee Kang-hyo is the opposite of a Celebrity Artist and a testimony to the pure joy of creating.
How to use this resource in IB Art
This film is a great teaching resource for IB art, it addresses many of the areas of learning we aim to integrate into our teaching of a holistic curriculum:
- It explores a traditional art form deeply rooted in the past but brought into a contemporary artists' practice.
- It demonstrates how art can have both a practical and an expressive form and function.
- It shows one individual artists personal development within a given art form, how he struggles with convention until he finds his own way of working within this tradition.
- He embodies so many qualities of the IB Learner Profile , its quite inspiring!
The film is 35 minutes long, perfect for one lesson period with some written reflections in the Visual Journal to follow. (Also a great substitute lesson plan). It is guaranteed to inspire (at least some) students and stimulate some thought provoking discussion on what it means to be an artist.
Visual Journal Reflections on Lee Kang-hyo
What is Onggi technique?
How does it reflect Korean culture?
What did he learn in Japan about ceramics?
Where does Lee Kang-hyo find inspiration?
What is the function and purpose of his work?
How is his body and heart involved in his art practice?
What does happiness mean to him?