Hand thrown porcelain mug with handle by ceramicist Jaejun Lee.
The simple form of his minimalist vessels makes people concentrate on outer shape and smooth surface. Jajeun’s aim is to communicate a message of functionality and beauty through his work. The object will enrich and enhance the user’s everyday life.
As all products are handmade sizes and colour may vary slightly.
“Mainly, the actual process of making is made of the following steps: throwing / drying / turning / bisque firing / glazing / firing / polishing (finishing).
Every night I also spend some time at the desk leaving lots of memos and drawings.
No step is less important as every single careless action can cause a defect at the end.”
Jaejun Lee is a Korean ceramicist who has been been living and working in Cardiff since 2018. He has been exhibiting widely since 2013, in Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Ireland and the UK. His work is a balance of functionality and beauty in porcelain- meticulous, exquisite, meditations on form and process. Completing both his BFA and MFA at Seoul National University, Jaejun sees his work as part of a contemporary movement in Korean ceramics that has its roots in the pottery department at Seoul, using porcelain rather than stoneware. Jaejun’s process is a labour of love- he spends more time polishing his work than the time spent turning, trimming or firing put together, using 60 to 3000 grade diamond polishing paper.
In 2018, he received an ‘Exceptional Talent’ Visa from Arts Council England. In 2019, he won ‘Best Ceramics’ at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival and Best Selected Maker at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester.
2018 M.F.A Ceramics, Seoul National University, South Korea
2013 B.F.A Ceramics, Seoul National University, South Korea
2019 ‘Show Case Award’ by Ruthin Craft Centre, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
2019 ‘Best Selected Maker 2019’, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
2019 ‘Best Ceramics’, Craft Festival Bovey Tracey, Devon
2016 Finalist, Talente 2016, Munich, Germany
2014 Honorable Mentions, International Ceramics Competition MINO, Tajimi City, Japan
2012 Brighton Award, Seoul National University/ University of Brighton, Seoul, South Korea
MEET THE MAKER
It’s been 6 years that I spend most of my day in front of the wheel. 10 years ago, I started throwing at University, and now I have become a person who makes a living with bowls. Sometimes I feel that I am quite used to it, but sometimes I still feel like a beginner. As I work everyday, I realize that I need much longer time and much more effort to be skilled. In the way I work, it is very important to have skilled techniques as my aim is to make good quality things. There are so many products in the world. So many things are spread in front of us which we do not know where they came from or how they were made. We use some goods because of their cheap prices, and sometimes we are tempted by certain goods because of their high costs. However, we do not know goods themselves well. All the things that have been produced have their own proper values, and maker’s motives of making them. We are no longer interested in any of these backgrounds because of mechanized system. Now, I would like to ask you to have more active and keen interest in things. Everything has its own value, and maker’s care and the value of labour. I work every day for value of my labour, and I want to communicate with people through what I made. I hope that people use things in their lives, and make a deep connection through using it, and grow their lives with that affection. I try my best to enrich our lives as a member of this world, and I hope that this society needs more craftsman who might be working even now to do a role as a part of this world.