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These traditional tea cups were made by Marco Minetti of @minettidesign using Marco's reinterpretation of the "buncheong" style featured in our previous collaboration with Marco and Toroo Studio. Read more about Marco below.
Each cup features a unique pattern of mottled white slip brushed over rich burgundy red clay; the contrast is beautifully accentuated with a custom glaze made from a mix of silica-rich rice straw ash, various hardwood ashes, and feldspathic sand fines. Marco gathers rice straw ash from rice growers in the Sacramento Valley, then purifies it in his studio.
Marco Minetti trained in Korea under Kwak Kyungtae, a master potter from the apprenticeship lineage of Lee Kang Hyo and Koie Ryoji. He spent nearly five years living and working in a production studio as well as assisting the master in the making of large scale Onggi forms. Marco studied a 14th century slipware technique that originates in Korea, called Buncheong, later known as Kohiki in Japan and beyond. Years of production throwing along with dedicated daily practice of the Onggi method of making large (originally fermentation) jars by coiling/paddling have given Marco an intimate knowledge of Korean aesthetics, form, and technique. In 2018 Marco founded Ceramic Masterclass, an intensive cross cultural workshop located in Gyeonggi province, just an hour from Seoul. More info can be found at (www.ceramicmasterclass.com ; @ceramicmasterclass)
In early 2020 Marco left Korea in search of his own studio space. He now lives and works in Northern California making an evolving body of work with influences from East asian antiques through the lens of harvested wild clays and natural materials from native California lands.