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Ginkgo Wood and Pine Wood "Sweet Potato" Jar
Ginkgo Wood and Pine Wood "Sweet Potato" Jar
Ginkgo Wood and Pine Wood "Sweet Potato" Jar
Ginkgo Wood and Pine Wood "Sweet Potato" Jar
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Ginkgo Wood and Pine Wood "Sweet Potato" Jar

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Han Gyeol
Top: Ginkgo Wood
Bottom: Pine Wood
8W x 9.5H

A stunning piece of masterful woodwork, this goguma jar (or, “sweet potato” jar for its elongated shape) is two pieces of wood joined together at the center. The top half of the goguma jar is from a Ginkgo Tree and was cut width wise, while the bottom half is made from Pine Wood and was cut length wise. The artist did this to get two different grain work patterns on one piece and additionally to prevent a naturally occurring crack from growing any further. He stamped his goguma jar on the bottom with a floral inlay from an abalone shell. He finished the piece with a cured lacquer 9 times (which takes weeks to do). It is one of his personal favorite works to date.

Care: Dust when needed. This piece has intentional color variations and cracks. Extremely fragile, please lift from below.

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Paju-based artist Han Gyeol was born into the woodmaker’s life.

Paju-based artist Han Gyeol was born into the woodmaker’s life. His father and grandfather worked closely with wood, making joints for furniture. He didn’t immediately start his career with wood, in fact, he started as an operator at one of Korea’s largest broadcasting networks. He had a fascination with technology, specifically speakers. His first art show was to take discarded microphones from his former employer to turn them into speakers. From there, he became an artist. These days, the multi-disciplinary artist is focused on smaller wood pieces. Much of his work is made of Korean Oak. He has a fondness for Korean Oak because of the cultural importance. The Korean Oak tree used to be so important that fathers would plant a Korean Oak when they had a daughter. They would wait until the daughter was engaged to be married to cut down the tree and make furniture to send as her dowry.

Namu Home Goods Han Gyeol Namu Power Woodwork
Namu Home Goods Han Gyeol Namu Power Woodwork