* Date : 2015-09-29
Kwangjuyo, founded in 1963, has been dedicated to demonstrating the excellence of Korean culture by presenting the finest traditional ceramic ware, food and liquor of Korea. In its beginnings, the founder, with an intent to reproduce traditional ceramic ware, established a kiln site in Icheon and brought together the masters of traditional ceramic art from all over the country. After endless research and experiments, they were able to recreate traditional Korean ceramic wares with their characteristic colors and shapes. Then, for the purpose of popularizing ceramic ware, they began producing everyday ceramic wares for practical use in addition to the artistic and decorative pieces.
In order to learn more about their work, The INNERview crew went to meet Cho Tae-kwon, the current CEO of Kwangjuyo, in Icheon, is home to about 300 active kilns and more than 700 ceramicists who are carrying on the 1,000-year-long traditions of Korean ceramics. It is also the host city for the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale and the Icheon Ceramic Festival.
We were given a tour for a more in-depth look at the entire process of creating premium ceramic ware at Kwangjuyo, and explained the importance of each step such as clay preparation, hand forming and molding, engraving, firing and inspection.
Cho Tae-kwon also shared the background story of the banquet he hosted in Napa Valley, California in October 2007 that became the talk of the town. He invited the owners of vineyards and winemakers in the area to present to them the finest Korean cuisine served in exquisite ceramic ware. This event organized and hosted by Cho himself showed the potential of Korean cuisine to go global.
Join us on The INNERview this week to meet Cho Tae-kwon, the CEO of Kwangjuyo, who is dedicated to continuing the traditions related to Korean food culture and presenting the finest ceramic ware, food and liquor that show the “high culture" of Korea.