A time to confront the heart

Tea time during the Joseon Dynasty was a time for courtesy. Teaware, such as the royal white porcelain, celadon with gray inlay, and ceramic were used not only for national ceremonies, but also for everyday life. The back-held white porcelain Dagwan represents the style of white porcelain teaware made during the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th Century. There is a trumpet-type handle and a spout on either side of the round body. The inside of the opening has a groove to hold the lid, while the top of the lid had a Banryong (a dragon that has failed to ascend to the sky) ornament. It is finely coated with a bluish-white lacquer, and it shows the harmony of curved and straight lines for concise, elegant, and moderated quality. Korea’s traditional inlay method has been reinterpreted and applied to Artist Jiwoon Yang’s Dagwan. It retains the original beauty of porcelain, yet finished with modern sentiments and careful touches. The gold polish inlay technique, wherein gold is applied to fill in the various colors and patterns of natural texture and polished off, is Yang’s original finishing method that is created for us to enjoy modernized tradition and art in everyday life. Tea calms the body and mind when it gets cold outside, and Dagwan prepares the tea just right. A cup of tea will bring a subtle warmth into your life, as well as provide you quality time with yourself and pleasure when you drink with others.

<White porcelain Dagwan白磁 茶罐>, 19th-century Joseon, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA
<Cera stone Tea pot>, Yang, Ji Woon