Cliff Lee - Stevens PA
Cliff Lee transforms kaolin clay from England’s White Cliffs of Dover into vessels inspired by Chinese Song dynasty porcelain. The artist is known primarily for recreating Chinese glazes long lost to history. He scours old texts, visits museums and researches the vegetation near old Chinese kilns, then he mixes, fires and mixes again. Lee creates two kinds of porcelain art: intricately carved vessels inspired by nature and sleek teardrop shapes narrowing to a slender stem. Both are rare, primarily because it is so difficult to throw, carve and fire porcelain. Lee's work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, White House, Mint Museum, Yale University, and the National Museum of American Art.