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Ottchil: Lacquer of Orient

Dates: 31 August – 06 September 2014
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Prices: From € 835 to € 1125 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

I extract the sap from ott-trees that grow in my country and use this as the main material for my work – fascinated by the recondite polish and the unique colours drawn from this material. Ott-tree sap is one of those materials which are unique for Korea’s traditional craft and the practical application of this lacquer traces back to 300 B.C. Our workshop introduces into the method of obtaining the material, demonstrates how to mix colours and how to actually apply it to the base material. You’ll start the course by either searching and coming across something you wish to embellish or shaping it of either natural or man-made matter. I’ll then show you how to apply the Ottchil and bring out its specific luster and mysterious colours that sublimate your object.

Chung Hae Cho was born in 1945 in Korea. He majored in wood craft and industrial art at Hongik University and studied art education at Kemyung University. In 1980 he was appointed as a professor at Paichai University, where he worked as a teaching professor and as dean of the arts college, dean of the graduate school, and director of the library. While working as university professor for 30 years, he established the Ottchil Art Institute and School of Industries as well as the worldwide first Ottchil art department at an undergraduate and graduate level. He has held six solo and various other international exhibitions including Collect 2013 in the United Kingdom, Maison & Objets and Revelations 2013 in France, SOFA CHICAGO 2010, and the 33RD Philadelphia Craft Show in the US. His works are included in the collections of the British Museum, V&A and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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