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Artist of the Month: Jong Min Lee

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Artist of the Month: Jong Min Lee
Jong Min Lee is August's Artist of the Month! (Image courtesy of the189.com)

Jong Min Lee’s gently carved ceramic works are the feature of our Artist of Month for August!

 

South Korean artist Jong Min Lee is a master in his workings with clay, carving fine undulating patterns on to moulded clay, mimicking the pattern of waves and simulating nature in movement.

 

A close up look at the detailing on Lee's cermaic works that evoke the patterns of nature
Image courtesy of the189.com

 

As the artist himself describes, “when my artwork is viewed from a distance, a serene and tranquil feeling will wash over a viewer just as a gentle breeze of gentle stream flowing around oneself. If you come close to my artwork you can see the gentleness of nature.”

 

"Untitled" (2016) by Jong Min Lee
Wheel Thrown and Hand Carved, White Clay, Glazed, Reduction Firing, 1260°C / 34cm x 25cm x 1cm x ⌀ 25cm / 13.4″ x 9.8″ x 0.4″ x ⌀ 9.8" / Unique Work / Price on Request

 

Lee received his B.A. in Art & Craft from Chung-An University in Korea. He has exhibited his works at Art Geneva 2015, Modern Masters 2016 at Galerie Handwerk in Germany and Sofa Chicago 2015. He has also participated in various competitions, winning a prize at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan.

 

"Untitled" (2016) by Jong Min Lee
Wheel Thrown and Hand Carved, White Clay, Glazed, Reduction Firing, 1260°C / 42cm x 23cm x 1cm x ⌀ 23cm / 16.5″ x 9.1″ x 0.4″ x ⌀ 9.1"  / Unique Work / Price on Request

 

The simplicity of Lee’s ceramics may seem easy, however it often the plainest that most reveal the flaws of a work – it is unforgiving in how it exposes the flaws of each work, which explains why Lee only produces a small batch of these each year.

 

Lee at work, carving his intricately detailed patterns
Image courtesy of the189.com

 

Despite their resemblance to vessels created during the Joseon Dynasty, the intricately carved subtle decorative patterns add an additional depth to the piece. These carvings create shadows and depths that change depending on the direction of light and the angle at which the viewer observes the vessel. As one approaches the work, the shadows cast, invariably change, creating a sense of movement and dimension.

 

 

Lee’s ceramics are a joy to look at, giving one the feeling of nature flowing through you as you observe the patterns and the grooves. It is a unique work, and a great addition to any collection, whether new or established.

 

 

See more of Jong Min Lee's works here.


 

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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