GLS 592: History and Practice: Korean Inlay Technique
Instructor: Aaron Wilcox
The Korean use of inlay to create images and motifs in ceramics was revolutionary. Potters were able to get sharp crisp lines and thus define their imagery at a different level than previous, and in many ways, since.
This will be both a seminar and a studio class. In this course, we will read A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. This a young adult book that captures the importance of the process and the role ceramics played in Korea, at the time that this work was done, incredibly well. We will use online resources for images from the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, that currently has a Korean Inlay exhibit, and resources and images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These sources will lay the groundwork for working with the material where the major focus of the class will lie. We will work with tiles to begin the technique and then apply inlayed motifs to forms to discover how imagery works with a 3 Dimensional form. It will not be enough to make the form, we will then understand, and participate in, the glazing and firing practice to provide direct evidence in how this effects the imagery.
Assessment will include critique of a series of projects and a research paper.
Last Update: February 24, 2012