Ceramist Seungho Yang shares his life between South Korea and Sancerre

Ceramist Seungho Yang shares his life between South Korea and Sancerre
Ceramist Seungho Yang shares his life between South Korea and Sancerre

Korean artist Seungho Yang divides his life between South Korea and Montigny, where he practices ceramics. Nothing predestined this son of poor peasants to become an internationally renowned artist.

It is a few kilometers from the village of Montigny, in the hamlet of Bury d’en Bas, in the middle of the hills of Sancerre, that the Korean ceramist Seungho Yang took up residence 40 years ago.

Nothing predestined this son of poor peasants to become an internationally renowned artist. And yet, it is this deep connection to the earth and the four elements which is at the center of his work and has sealed his destiny as a ceramist for 50 years now.

Seungho Yang exhibits at the Center for Ceramic Creation

Sharing his life between South Korea, where he also grows tea, and France, he has created, in Montigny, a landmark for all lovers of the earth, a veritable artistic hive where inspirations, discussions and moments of conviviality around the cooking of the great Tongkama, a gigantic wood-fired oven, built in the purest Korean tradition.

By turns exuberant or meditative, with a contagious smile, Seungho Yang works above all by letting his soul dialogue with nature, bringing out the four elements (earth, water, air and fire) through his work.Seungho Yang fuels the Tongkama into a big fire.

“Chayoun”

“The Korean word for nature, chayoun, means that each existence functions on its own, at the same time that all existences are related to each other. I don’t believe that it is man who creates?; it’s about understanding chayoun and how to be yourself. »

Artists in harmony with nature

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His work does not stop at ceramics since Yang also practices the art of bonsai, all of which naturally find their setting in pieces specially made for the occasion. Since 2012, he has also transcribed his bonsai practice on life-size trees on his property in Taean, South Korea.

A festival this summer

Its ecological art, encouraging creation in symbiosis with nature, is illustrated through its Eco-Art festival which takes place each year in Korea and in Montigny (in August).

This summer’s edition will be a precursor to the celebration of the anniversary of his installation in France, and of his beginnings as a ceramist. His work will then be exhibited at the Center Céramique Contemporaine de la Borne (Esprit de Korea, from August 24 to September 24), then in Brussels (October), Paris (November), Seoul (early 2025) and finally in Pisa, Italy, in spring 2025.

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