Having been a potter in my younger days, I often seek out traditional ceramics when I travel. Not to be confused with Incheon, the city with the major airport serving Seoul, South Korea, the town of Icheon is known as a pottery center and is about an hour southeast of Seoul. The area came to be known as a producer of traditional pottery during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) and its heyday lasted for about 500 years. Today there are about eighty operating pottery houses.
The main street in Icheon was crammed with pottery shops, wares spread out before open doors: tall grain pots and round-bellied kimchee pots of dark brown clay, sparsely glazed with a brushed decoration if at all.
Among these folk pots, painted pots, and more modern art creations were the celadon pots I sought. An art form recently resurrected from old times, the cloudy pale green glaze has a delicately crackled surface.
And, of course, a lunch of many small dishes and a few other memorable images.
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