Posted on Apr 18, 2014

Capturing Elegance: Yéol’s Modern Take on Korean Yugi Bronze Tableware – Photography by Nils Clauss

Embark on a visual journey celebrating the sophistication of Korean craftsmanship with the “YÉOL Artisan of the Year” project, beautifully captured through the lens of renowned photographer Nils Clauss. Artisan Kim Soo-Young in collaboration with designer Gio Kisang were awarded as the “YÉOL Artisan of the Year“. This project reimagines traditional Yugi bronze tableware, an intangible cultural heritage of Korea.

Craftsmanship Beyond Borders

Yugi bronze tableware, recognized as Bangjja, symbolizes Korean artistry. Its distinction lies in its high tin content, rendering it a sterilizing and food-friendly object. Korean nobles once favored it, but its weight and bulk contributed to its gradual disappearance from modern kitchens.

YEOL Project through Photography

Residing in Seoul, South Korea, Nils Clauss plays a crucial role in documenting the essence of the YEOL project. The film “Memories of an Artisan” beautifully captures the making of Yugi bronze tableware. In contrast the photographs showcase the Yugi bronze tableware against a pristine white backdrop within a studio setting.

Photographic Elegance

Clauss, both a filmmaker and a photographer, chose a studio setting to meticulously capture the Yugi bronze tableware. Each photograph highlights the products’ intrinsic beauty, emphasizing the delicate balance between traditional robustness and modern elegance.

Film as a Side Note

As a side note, Clauss’s film “Memories of an Artisan” takes audiences behind the scenes, offering a glimpse into the making of Yugi bronze tableware intertwined with the beauty of a winter landscape adorned with ice and snow.

YEOL Foundation’s Impact

Master craftsman Kim Soo-Young, based in Anseong City, has been forging bronze tableware for over 40 years, preserving the Yugi tradition. The YEOL Foundation, since 2002, supports various programs, including the YÉOL Artisan of the Year Award, reflecting traditional craft values and ensuring a sustainable future for craftsmanship.

Nils Clauss – Photographer and Filmmaker

Residing in Seoul, South Korea, Clauss’s role as a photographer is highlighted in this visual exploration. His studio shots elegantly showcase the Yugi bronze tableware, providing a timeless glimpse into the artistry. As a filmmaker, his work offers a parallel narrative, delving into the craftsmanship’s intricacies.


In the heart of Seoul, South Korea, YÉOL’s modern take on Korean Yugi bronze tableware, as documented by Nils Clauss, stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of tradition. Explore the craftsmanship, history, and the collaborative spirit that brought this artistry to life through the captivating lens of photography.