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Buncheong Ceramics to Be Exhibited

Showcase Features Art by Local and Korean Artists

June 12, 2013

tall ceramic pot in shades of beige with leaf-and-flower pattern

An example of Buncheong ceramics. Such works will be showcased June 20-Aug. 18 at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum on the grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum.

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The Fullerton Arboretum joins the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in hosting two special exhibits that celebrate the city of Fullerton's sister city of Yong-in, South Korea.

Both exhibits, which open June 20 and continue through Aug. 18, will feature the ceramic works of artists from the city of Fullerton and Yong-In.

The Muckenthaler will exhibit contemporary work by Korean ceramics master Soon Kwan Ma, while the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum on the grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum will showcase pottery created by students taught by Muckenthaler instructor Young Shin Kim in the tradition of Buncheong.

A style first practiced in the 14th century and revived in the early 20th century, Buncheong is characterized by richly decorated surfaces using a white slip on a dark clay body.

Hosting the exhibit is a welcome opportunity, says Greg Dyment, director of the Fullerton Arboretum. "We have the opportunity to work with the Muckenthaler and the Sister City Association on something new, and we are able to reach out to the city's sizable Korean community, bring new people to and increase their awareness of the Arboretum."

An opening reception for the exhibit at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum will be closed July 4.

For more information, call 657-278-3407 or check the Fullerton Arboretum website.

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