Haecho Chung studied wood craft and industrial art in university. For his Master’s Degree he studied art education. He has researched extensively on wood lacquer or “ottchil” by going to Kanazawa, Japan and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
He served as Professor at Pai Chai University. He is known for the “hyeop-jeo-tae ” technique where strips of hemp are repeatedly layered(some 50 to 100 layers) by using rice glue until the desired shape is achieved. Once the shape is made then it is polished with lacquer – sap from ott-tree, a unique Korean material. It takes about 6 months to create a piece.
Chung has conducted numerous demonstration workshops around the world. His work is in the collection of the British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in USA. His work has been shown at COLLECT in the UK; SOFA Chicago in USA; Maison et Object and Révélations in France.