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Korean Buncheong
Brown clay with iron (buncheong clay)
Hand-building, coiling, wheel-throwing
Liquefied white clay applied to the surface of work for sgraffito and creating landscape paintings by using different tools and fingers

Kanghyo Lee

Kanghyo Lee has spent more than 30 years in the pursuit of a personal expression of the Korean buncheong. He had originally wanted to become a painter and as he gradually mastered the skill of applying liquefied white clay to the surface of vessels and large platters, he learned to treat ceramic surfaces like paper for ink brush painting. The marks he creates are comparable to landscapes depicting Korea’s four distinct seasons. For centuries, landscapes were explored before they were painted. Their memory was brought back to the artist’s studio and then captured on paper. Lee follows this practice.

Lee is internationally renowned. Recently he has conducted clay performances involving the making of large storage jars followed by splashing with liquefied clay mixtures in the manner of Jackson Pollock’s “action painting”.

His work is found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, France; Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Korea and more.