Through exceptionally skilled handwork and applied layers of patina, Hun-Chung Lee (b. 1967) transforms materials often considered cold – such as concrete and steel – into architecturally graceful, soft-edged sculptural furniture.
In his magnificent, unique ceramic stools and objects, the seemingly chaotic pattern of glaze belies Lee’s careful, painterly control of palette that emerges upon closer observation. In Lee’s hands, the solid ceramics – as with other materials – take on a soft, almost cloud-like character.
After receiving his BFA and MFA in ceramic sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, Lee came to the United States to obtain a second MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, staying on as a teaching assistant for a year after graduation. He then pursued his PhD in Architecture in Korea. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Korea and in the United States.