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  • Rhythm of the Red Luster, Chung Hae-Cho, 2014. Courtesy of Korea Craft Design Foundation. Photo: Woojin Park

Lacquer Vessel by Chung Hae-Cho

What is Luxury? Object in Focus

While lacquer is usually applied to wood as a finishing technique, Chung Hae-Cho has developed a method of building an object primarily from lacquer. Many layers of raw lacquer paste and fabric are applied onto a mould, providing thickness and strength. Each layer is individually cured and sanded. The outer layers of coloured lacquer are polished to a high lustre, which continues to develop over time.

In this film Chung Hae-Cho takes us through the laborious and intuitive process of making a lacquer vessel. 

Words by Jana Scholze and Leanne Wierzba, curators of What is Luxury? a Crafts Council and V&A partnership exhibition supported by Northacre at the V&A until 27 September 2015

Chung Hae-Cho's lacquer vessels are featured items within the What is Luxury? exhibition 

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