19th Century

These cut-sided Korean Honey Jars were a source of inspiration to Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Leach & Hamada first saw them when traveling together around Korea in the 1940's. Many potters have examples in their personal collections and these humble jars continue to be a source of inspiration to many contemporary potters.

height 15.0cm
diameter 15.00cm
Stoneware with a ame type glaze
Private Collection

Quoted from;
G. St. G.M. Gompertz, "Korean Pottery & Porcelain of the Yi Period, Faber & Faber

Known as "seokganju" or "oja" in Korean they are also widely admired in Japan where they are known as "ame-yu" or "ame-glazed" - "ame" being a sweet stuffing resembling molasses which was used medicinally; hence the Japanese description "ame-gusuri" or "ame-medicine", which is also employed for this type of ware.

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