|A Study on Pit Fire and Digital Print - 이태흥 (289-298)
A Study on Pit Fire and Digital Print
( Pit fire 와 디지털 프린트 응용연구 )
1-1. Purpose of the study
1-2. Outline of the study
2. Theoretical background
2-1. Pit firing
2-2. Sawdust firing
2-3. Saggar firing
3. Suitability of Pit Firing with Digital Image Transfer
4. Firing process and Digital Image
Computer software, Modern ceramics, Pit firing
This study started from the idea of the application of pit firing (the most fundamental and original firing method) combined with modern technology - the use of the latest computer software in an attempt to create a variety of new possibilities. These attempts add huge potential to modern ceramic works.
In ceramics, there have been many firing techniques and pit firing has the longest history amongst them. The origin and history of ceramics go back to humanities origins, generally presumed to be 13,000 ~15,000 years ago. Pit firing techniques are challenging to modern ceramic artists and also have historical and symbolic importance.
Modern ceramic artists have continued to produce works using this most ancient of techniques whilst at the same time expressing modern themes and introducing new possibilities. The reason modern fine art and modern ceramic artists have continued to use this firing method is precisely because the finished product can still express the primitive and random elements caused by fire heat and smoke on the surface. The process is also open for use at any skill level whether beginner or seasoned and skilled artisan.
This study describes attempted applications of the pit fire technique in combination with images made by software programs onto ceramic works. The results are a hybrid between an historically most fundamental traditional firing technique and high technology.
This study contends that the resultant combination of the above mentioned techniques can be utilized by artists aspirationally to reflect modern society and advancing trends both artistically and technologically without sacrificing successful and culturally significant methods from the past. It could be used and applied in purely artistic endeavors such as one off commissioned art pieces and also in mass production of ceramic consumer goods such as tiles.
Korea has its own long history of ceramic artistry which is valued over the world. The world has and is changing rapidly and Korea has also adopted modern technology and is now a leader in the IT field. This study has import at this historical juncture as it proposes a partnership between the history (traditions) and future (technological innovation) of this particular nation.