Characteristics of Porcelain
Porcelain is a unique creation made with natural clay, fire, the spirit of the craftsman, and nature, and is characterized by glass-like smoothness, metal-like rigidity, and jade-like beauty.
Joseon white porcelain and Bunwon
In the early Joseon Dynasty, the palace accepted porcelain as a tax, and good-quality white porcelain was produced in large quantities as it was needed for royal ceremonies or as gifts for foreign envoys.
The palace installed an official kiln in Gwangju that is close to the palace and conveniently supplies firing wood from the luxurious forests. Gwangju was already known for its quality white porcelain then, and the opening of Bunwon contributed to the development of Joseon's white porcelain.
Gwangju currently has 317 white porcelain kilns, and 『Gyeonggukdaejeon』 records that Saongwon's Bunwon had 380 porcelain masters. You can imagine the scale of Gwangju Bunwon considering that there were only 99 masters altogether in Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, Gyeongsang, and Jeolla.
Gwangju Royal Porcelain Permanent Distribution Center
- 57 local producers of Gwangju exhibit and sell various porcelain products, including everyday dishes, artworks, and accessories.
- Location: Permanent Distribution Center in Gonjiam Porcelain Park
- Phone: 031-797-4775
- Homepage: www.javin.kr