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Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director

Steven Young LeeSteven Young Lee creates contemporary ceramic pieces that appropriate elements of form, decoration, color, imagery and material from various cultures and historical periods. This collage of forms and motifs draws from various origins, including Chinese, Korean, French, Dutch, English and Minoan traditions. His work reflects a fascination with historical ceramic objects as both a representation of individual cultures and a hybridization of outside influences.

A native of Chicago, IL, Steve received his MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Asia. In 2016 Steve was one of four artists to participate in the Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He has served as the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation since 2007. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Helena with their two children, Gavin and Florence.

 

Steve Lee
Jar with Landscape, 2012
porcelain, cobalt inlay, mortar, gold leaf
Steve Lee
Vase with Peonies, 2012
porcelain
Steve Lee
Platter, 2012
porcelain

Steve Lee and Beth Lo
Platter, 2012
porcelain
Collaboration with Beth Lo
Steve Lee
Landscape and Butterflies Vase, 2012
porcelain
Steve Lee
Landscape and Butterflies Vase (detail), 2012
porcelain
Steve Lee
Dragon Jar, 2011
porcelain, cobalt inlay
Steve Lee
Dragon Jar (back view), 2011
porcelain, cobalt inlay

Steve Lee, Tiger Platter
Tiger Platter, 2010
porcelain, inlayed cobalt, gold leaf
21 " x 20" x 2"

Steve Lee, Jar
Pre-historic Jar, 2010
porcelain, inlayed cobalt
13" x 13" x 18"

Steve Lee
Gilded Pasture, 2008
porcelain, glaze, mortor, gold leaf
13" x 13" x 29"

Steve Lee
Candi Red Jar, 2008
porcelain, Chromabase pigment
14" x 14" x 21"
Steve Lee
Landscaped Jar, 2008
porcelain, inlayed cobalt
16" x 16" x 21"

Steve Lee
Granary Jar, 2008
porcelain, inlayed cobalt
16" x 16" x 21"
Steve Lee
Birds of North America, 2007
porcelain, inlayed cobalt, decals
15" x 15" x 18"

Steve Lee, Jar
In the Name of Tradition, 2007
porcelain, salt-fired glaze
14" x 14" x 26"

Steve Lee
As Buddha
porcelain, plated gold
10" x 10" x 13"
Steve Lee, Lunar Rabbit
The Year of the Rabbit-Lunar
porcelain, glaze
15" x 15" x 29"