White porcelain (baekja) is a type of ceramic that showcases the natural and pristine beauty of Korean culture and art. It was mainly used by the royal family in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), a period when Korean Confucianism was the dominant philosophy.
Baekja has a modest form, a minimal use of color, and often features simple patterns or inscriptions. Unlike Goryeo ware, which has a rich vibrant color of celadon and often depicts characteristics of nature, baekja conveys the ideals of the Korean Confucian state.
Baekja was produced by the leading potters of the country, who were hired by the government in the mid-15th century to make ceramics for the royalty. Later, baekja became more diverse in color and design, and was shared by both the court and the common people.
Baekja is a unique and exquisite expression of Korean culture and art that can captivate any viewer who gives it a serious look.