Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jung Ki Bong's Travel Tea Set

   Jung Ki Bong is a third generation celadon artist from Haenam, South Korea, not far from the famous city of Gangjin.  Some consider him to be one of Korea's best celadon artists for his mastery in carving and inlay.  The walls of his showroom are lined with many well deserved awards and he receives several million KRW for this work.

a Jung Ki Bong Double Walled Jar 

A close-up view
Jung Ki Bong is so respected that the Gangjin International Celadon Festival invites him to present the celadon carving workshop for the International ceramic artists who visit that festival each year.  Here he is demonstrating for the American artist Bryan Van Benschloten.

Jung Ki Bong (center) with Bryan

   Jung Ki Bong, whose wife is a tea master, also makes great very reasonably priced teaware including a really exciting lotus travel tea set. 

 Another View

   The lotus flower, the symbol of enlightenment in Buddhism, is a perfect choice on which to base this beautiful teaset.  
   Additional images of teasets by Jung Ki Bong and other artists will be posted on our teaware blog in the near future.   Become a follower of that blog to be informed when they are available to see and for purchase.  Contact us if you would like to be on the  purchase waiting list.
   Turning to Korean tea.  Throughout Korea the "pick" has begun.  It has been a great growing season for tea, especially compared to 2011, and we are eagerly anticipating the results.  
   Morning Crane Tea will be offering a number of new teas from several great Korean tea producers.   We want to bring you some really unusual and very special offerings.  Some of these new teas will be available wholesale but most will only be available through us retail and in very limited quantities.  Because our goal is simply to help expose you to some great Korean teas we will making no profit on some of the teas we will be offering.  To be among the first to learn what will be available please email us to be placed on that list.  Also watch the new blog develop at Tea at Morning Crane Tea.  Follow that blog to learn about our new teas as they become available.