Brass Tableware W. 50cm, L. 46cm, 2pieces W. 46cm, L. 42cm, 2pieces W. 42cm, L. 38cm, 2pieces
W. 38cm, L. 34cm, 2pieces W. 34cm, L. 31cm, 2pieces W. 30cm, L. 27cm, 2pieces W. 26cm, L. 23cm, 3pieces
“Brass Maturing through Time” is the title of these works made of brass using traditional Korean techniques. Master Lee Gyoung-dong created these pieces in collaboration with other craftsmen at his studio in Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province. The 15 asymmetrical plates designed to hold unique food from various countries are the results of Lee’s long quest to “modernize tradition.”
In a totally new approach, Lee designed asymmetric forms and attached feet to the plates by silver soldering. In the traditional brass plates, we cannot find asymmetric designs. Therefore, the feet and the liberal design of the shapes are new elements in these plates.
The process of production starts with creating the basic material for formshaping, and then it is rolled into a thin dish, before it is beaten to become a soft plate. The final shape of the plate is completed by hammering the rims. Cooling in water is essential to intensify the strength of the metal. The artist followed the traditional method which required a team of six persons, although a modernized system could be performed with less people. In the cooling process, natural brine was used to maximize the softness of the brass.
Born In 1996 in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province, he was the youngest son of Lee Yonggu, holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property 14 of the province — a master artisan in crafting the brass Korean traditional gong (jing). Upon the advice of his father, the only person in Korea upon whom the title of ‘Jing Artisan’ had been conferred – but also through his own passion – he started making gongs in 1990. Over the last 24 years he has learned from his father how to make the finest brass gongs. He received the Special Award at the Gyeongnam Provincial Craft Contest in 2005 and was awarded six times at other contests and art fairs. After succeeding to the family business in 2005, he changed the name of the studio from Obuja Gongbang (meaning studio of the father and four sons) to its present Dubuja Gongbang (studio of the father and a son). He was designated as holder of Intangible Cultural Properties of South Gyeongsang Province 14, the designated inheritor of jing making skills in 2006. Currently he works as the official teaching assistant for handing over the skills. His studio was designated as a Company Developing the Crafts of South Gyeongsang Province in 2008. He participated in the Paris International Fair in the same year. In 2011 he opened a brass tableware café and gallery, Notgurut Gajireonhee Noti in Tongin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.