Goddess of Fire (Hangul: 불의 여신 정이; RR: Bului Yeosin Jeong-i; lit. Goddess of Fire, Jung Yi) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Moon Geun-young, Lee Sang-yoon, Kim Bum, Park Gun-hyung, Seo Hyun-jin, Jun Kwang-ryul, Jeong Bo-seok, Byun Hee-bong, Han Go-eun, and Lee Kwang-soo. It aired on MBC from July 1 to October 22, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 32 episodes.
The historical drama depicts the life and loves of Yoo Jung, who is based on real-life 16th century historical figure Baek Pa-sun, renowned as the first female potter and porcelain artist in the Joseon Dynasty.
Baek’s glazing skills were so prized, she was appointed as a china maker for the royal family. But her fame also attracted the attention of foreign invaders, and during the Japanese invasion in 1592, she was among the Korean artisans captured and forcibly taken to Japan and made to continue their craft there. Under Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s orders to enrich Japanese arts and culture, Baek helped the advancement of many new types of pottery that would be claimed as Japanese works of art. She became well-respected in Japan, and there exists a shrine in the city of Arita dedicated to her.
Gifted with natural talent and skill, Yoo Jung has a passionate artistic soul and dreams of becoming the top potter and porcelain artistof the Joseon Dynasty. Joseon was famous for its white porcelain, purported to be the highest quality in 16th century Asia, and Jung learns her craft in the porcelain workshop Bunwon (Hangul: 분원; hanja: 分院), government-subsidized kilns at Bunwon-ri, Gwangju, where ceramics is a mixture of art and science.
Jung later falls in love with Prince Gwanghae, who becomes a tragic king troubled by the various threats to his crown. Despite Gwanghae’s deep love for Jung, he must let her go.