A Study on the Ornaments Formed after
the Korean Traditional Architecture.
-Focused of the Tiled-Roof and Floral-Latticework-

Chung, A-Young
Major in Metal Craft
Department of Craft Arts
Graduate School of
Sookmyung Women's University
Derected by Prof. Kim, Jae Young

"Korean aesthetic forms" may be characterized by native purity

and simplicity. However, If we look into our traditional culture

more carefully, we will see a rule or order as well as unique,

refined tastes.

As it is, the Korean aesthetics is inherent in our traditional

culture and life or in our people's thought. What characterizes

such an aesthetic? What are the elements of such refined tastes

and flavors?

It is not easy to simply say about our people's sense of

aesthetics five thousand years old. However, everyone living on

this land must be obliged to find our own tastes and flavors

inherent in our emotion.

With such a basic conception in mind, this study was aimed at

reviewing our sense of aesthetics and thereby, apply it to our

modern ornaments. To this end, the following study points are

set up;

First, the traditional culture, sense of aesthetics and sense of

forms thereof would be reviewed.

Second, such elements of our traditional architectures as shapes,

structures, colors, patterns and decorations would be observed

and mesured carefully to be applied to ornaments.

Third, the exploding patterns of floral-latticework would be

examined if they can be applied to ornaments to be in harmony

with the modern sense.

Fourth, silver, copper and lacquer would be used to chase the

forms and inlay the patterns. In order to express the rich colors

of the traditional architectures, such materials as potassium

sulfide, niro, copper-nitrate patination would be used.

The results of this study can be summarized as follows;

First, tile-roof and floral-latticework both representing the spline

beauty of Korean traditional architecture were applied to

ornaments only to enhance their Korean images.

Second, the traditional patterns were simplified, omitted or

repeated to befit the metal ornaments. As a result, their modern

sense and properties of materials could be combined to reproduce

the tradition as modernistic.

Third, such elements of Korean traditional buildings as "衁",

"ꁁ", "鑁", "" and "" were re-created into non-geometric

forms to be stable visually and familiar and modernistic.

All in all, it was confirmed by this study that our traditional

architecture elements could be in harmony with modern sense

only to expend the scope of ornaments and modernize our

traditional aesthetics.