Pyongyang, March 17 (KCNA) — Ceramic industry has developed in Korea from olden times, providing a time-honored tradition of ceramic workmanship.
Korean ancestors made various ceramic wares already in the primitive age. And they carried forward the technique of manufacturing pottery and porcelain in the period of Koguryo and Palhae. And, on this basis, world-famous porcelain wares were produced in the period of Koryo.
Varicolored Koryo porcelain wares, blue, white, black and scarlet, have been known for their beauty and elegance. Conspicuous among them are Koryo celadon and black porcelain.
Unique are the patterns of Koryo porcelain. The decorative patterns wide in variety include those depicting human beings, animals, plants and nature as well as symbolic and calligraphic patterns. Applied to them are sculptural, painting and inlaying techniques.
Free-style pictures drawn from life and schematic designs applied to the patterns add to the artistic value of Koryo porcelain.
Koryo porcelain wares varied in styles as represented by cups, bottles, dishes, kettles and jars, each of which is divided into different shapes.
With colors, patterns and shapes well combined, Koryo porcelain held a distinguished place in the medieval world history of craftworks for their high artistic value.
Now the ceramic workmanship of Korea is making further progress, subdivided into minor categories.
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