Similarly, Montana-based ceramics artist Heesoo Lee finds her creative spark by capturing elements of nature in her delicate works, which feature slender trees, vibrant hand-molded foliage and atmospheric glazes of soothing colours.
Lee explains on This Is Colossal about her creative process:
My work, mostly in medium-range porcelain, expanded beyond painted surfaces, my mainstay for many years. I pushed my work beyond the motifs I had been using for many years – flowers, mostly – and built larger than I had before. I was inspired by my children, the landscape of the places where I lived, and my own childhood in Korea, and reflected these themes in my work. I found that working in a place like the Bray, surrounded by other artists who created a supportive, inviting, and welcoming community, gave me the freedom to grow as an artist.
What's remarkable about Lee's works is their are three-dimensional character, with bits of extra clay that are hand-shaped to look like leaves or tree trunks. Lee then paints many layers of underglaze on before the pieces are fired in the kiln. Lee also uses different finishing glazes on each item to create different effects. The result is a ceramic landscape that might offer a vignette of a breezy spring day, a multicoloured autumn noon or a bare-branched, wintry evening.
Whether they are large vases, bowls or smaller cups, these beautiful ceramic works offer one way to remember that nature is a ceaseless source of creative epiphanies. To see more, visit Heesoo Lee on Etsy or Instagram.