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.”
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
Jaejun Lee Ceramics
Jaejun Lee is a Korean ceramicist who moved to the UK in 2018 under an ‘Exceptional Talent’ visa. He has been exhibiting widely since 2013, in Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, 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. He makes both artistic vessels and functional homewares, finding calmness in the line of a simple form and subtlety of a glazed surface. Details and textures are apparent in contemplating his work.
“Polishing is such a tiresome process that my whole body aches after the work is done. However, once I am done with this process and look at my finished works, I truly understand what the most important aspects of creation are to me.”