Master Cho, born 1945, is the 17th designated Cultural Master of traditional Korean metal-craft. He has been practicing for over 40 years, dedicating his time to perfecting and mastering the application of nickel silver using traditional Korean metal-craft techniques. In 2011, Cho was awarded the prestigious Korean Presidents Award at the 36th Annual Korean Craft Exhibition. Cho is an independent artist/practitioner and often conducts lectures at universities, including Seoul National University, Kookmin University and Konkuk University.
The course focuses on jogeum, or joi-jil, a traditional Korean engraving-fabrication technique. Jogeum is a process where a variety of chisels and a hammer are used to make a series of marks on metal sheet to create an image.
CHO Sung-joon will introduce and demonstrate this technique along with other traditional Korean skills including the inlay technique, Ipsa. Participants will learn how to make the specialist chisels used in these processes, produce a series of samples and learn how to use these skills in their own work.
The program also includes talks on Korean metalcraft and how traditional techniques are used in contemporary work.
This workshop is aimed at participants with some prior experience in working with metal. It is suitable for metalworking students from 3rd year and above.
Materials and Tools:
Participants should bring their own hand tools including a saw frame, files, a planishing hammer, a steel block (at least 120x120x36mm). Also bring pens, pencils, a notebook, a hand towel and a camera.
Materials for exercises will be supplied. Participants may wish to bring additional materials for their own piece after consultation with Master Cho. Further details will be provided on enrolment.
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