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Cliff Lee

Biography to Display: 

1951Born Vienna, Austria

1968Immigrated to the United States

EDUCATION

1971BS Biology, Eastern Mennonite University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

UnknownMilton S. Hershey Medical School, Pennsylvania State College, Hershey, Pennsylvania

1976MFA Ceramics, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

 

Cliff Lee recreates classical Chinese forms using thrown and carved porcelain. He finishes these with glazes ranging from lava to Imperial yellow.

Lee was raised in Taiwan where he was surrounded by his parent’s extensive collection of Asian ceramics. He moved to the United States in 1968 where he attended medical school specializing in neurosurgery. He left medicine in 1978 to pursue a career in ceramics.

Lee’s work reflects the influence of this early exposure to classic Asian ceramics. He typically carves motifs from mythology and from nature. Lee is known for his glazes including celadon, oxblood, lava, and oil spot. Lee's Imperial yellow glaze was formulated and perfected over 17 years. It is considered to be true to the ancient Chinese formula for Imperial yellow.

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bell, Nicholas, Ulysses Grant Deitz and Andrew Wagner. History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011. Washington, D.C. and London, England: Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Scala Publishers, 2011.

 

Website(s):

http://www.cliffleeporcelain.com/

 

Typical Marks
2013
Imperial Yellow Prickly Melon Vases
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Trio of Vases
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of the Artist
Courtesy of the Artist
Tear Drop with Oxblood Flambe
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of the Artist
Courtesy of the Artist
Large Lychee Nut Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of the Artist
Courtesy of the Artist
Peach Vase on Pedestal
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of the Artist
Courtesy of the Artist
Double Dragon on a Pedestal
Form: Vessel
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of the Artist
Courtesy of the Artist

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