Lee Soo-Jong


1948 Born in Seoul, South Korea


A pioneering ceramic artist, Lee Soo-Jong belongs to the first generation of modern ceramicists in South Korea and is a leading figure in the Korean ceramic studio movement. After the Korean war there was a rapid modernisation of society, politics, art and culture, and over the 1960s–70s there was a marked aim to revive Korea’s rich traditional ceramic arts. In this time, Lee undertook his first degree in ceramics at Hongik, South Korea’s major art university. It was here, whilst honing the key traditional ceramics skills that the artist started to experiment in abstract ceramic painting and sculpture, going on to blur the lines of fine art and ceramics in the 1980s. Known also like the modern master of ‘Chulhwa Buncheong’, Lee brought back the forgotten iron and white-slip decoration techniques of the 15th-16th century. Lee treats the ceramic surface as if it were paper and works with Korean calligraphy techniques, incorporating spontaneous, energetic strokes.

Selected Public Collection

The Taipei City Museum, Taiwan
The Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
The National Art Museum of China, China
The National Folk Museum of Korea, South Korea