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Lee Chang-Sook


Lee Chang-Sook, born 1963 in South Korea, started her professional career as a ceramicist in the 1980s and is renowned for her excellent craftsmanship. Her artwork stems from nature and has been described by many critics as “peaceful” and “functional”. Moreover, her works have been exhibited and sold around the world, including in Japan, USA, UK and Canada. Recently, she has been selected to have a solo exhibition on Korean Moon Jar at the Korean Parliament due next year. Another accomplishment of hers was the honour to be a finalist for a selection of artworks that have been gifted to the Holy See in the Vatican City after Pope Francis's visit to South Korea.

Moreover, her works have been exhibited and sold around the world, including in Japan, USA, UK and Canada. Recently, she has been selected to have a solo exhibition on Korean Moon Jar at the Korean Parliament due next year. Another accomplishment of hers was the honour to be chosen as a finalist for a selection of artworks gifted to the Holy See in the Vatican City after Pope Francis's visit to South Korea.

Her philosophy revolves around the connection between dirt, the base material for ceramics, and the cycle of life. She explains:

“Dirt is available everywhere around us, but is different from region to region, and is constantly changing as time passes. And because of this, it is difficult to get the same results every time, but this is what gives it colour and life. As we turn back to dirt when we die, we can see that our life is condensed within this dirt. When this is fired, it produces a range of different colours, and this is what fascinates me about the material.”

Her recent work focuses on the Moon and the Sun as symbols of prayer and hope. In the past few years, she suffered from a rare disease, during which she experienced constant fear of death and relief to be alive. This personal experience became the motif for her recent inspiration; striving to find the meaning in life. These opposing celestial bodies represent the beginning of a new start, the will and the hope for life.

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Solo Exhibitions

2008 8th Chang-sook Lee Ceramics exhibition (Private view presented by Jeju Saeshimjae gallery)

2008 7th Chang-sook Lee Brazier exhibition (Private view presented by Areumdawoon Cha Museum)

2007 6th Chang-sook Lee Ceramics exhibition (Dongjae gallery)

2007 5th Chang-sook Lee Tea Ceremony exhibition (Private view presented by Daebaek Plaza Gallery)

2006 4th Porcelain Bowl exhibition – Chang-sook Lee Brazier exhibition (Private view presented by Areumdawoon Cha Museum)

1999 3rd Chang-sook Lee Ceramic Dish exhibition (Tongin Gallery)

1998 2nd Chang-sook Lee Everyday-life Pottery exhibition (Samjung Art Space)

1993 1st Chang-sook Lee Everyday-life Pottery exhibition (Todorang)

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Sacred Art Exhibition (Aberglasney House and Gardens, Wales)

2013 Sun, Moon and Tree (MokSpace, London)

2007 – 2015 One Thousand Porcelain Bowl exhibition (Areumdawoon Cha Museum)

1998 Inflammable Touch exhibition (Posco Multipurpose Hall)

1995 Little Korean Beauty Piece group exhibition (University of Baltimore Gallery, USA)

1995 – 2005 Korean Craftsman Association exhibition

1988 – 2004 Environmental Ceramic Artwork exhibition

1988 – 2000 Contemporary Ceramics exhibition

1985 – 2006 Toro Exhibition, Everyday-life Pottery exhibition

1985 Graduated from Hanyang Women’s University in ceramics

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