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Onggi clay
Hand-building, coiling, wheel-throwing
Salt fired

Inchin Lee

Inchin Lee works to harmonize between the power of natural forces and the effects they have on his ceramics. Primarily focusing on onggi, the traditional, breathable pots of dark stoneware, Lee has modernized this particular type of ceramics into un-standardized, organic shapes.

Lee experiments with the different levels of oxygen, clay, and heat to produce a range of textures and forms. While each ceramic is powerful in itself, Lee also creates impressive installations that layer and stack onggi pots on top of each other, reminiscent of everyday kitchenware but exposing sculptural ingenuity. The whole of the artist’s works contains both the severity and veracity of nature.

His works are collected by many renowned museums around the world including the Victorian and Albert Museum, and the British Museum in the UK, the Musee Royal de Mariemont in Belgium, the Chicago Art Institute Museum, the National Art Gallery of Australia and more. In 2013, he served as the creative director for the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, “Community – with me, with you, with us”, in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea (South Korea).