Steven Lee, Dragon Plate, 2013, Limited Edition Plate
8 1/8 inch porcelain plate with onglaze decal. Edition of 25
"This limited edition plate series was inspired by a recent sculptural vessel created in 2013 titled Moon Jars with Dragon. The original piece was a diptych of two vessels that were inspired by the form of the moon jar from the Korean Joseon dynasty. Each jar had a large fissure from which one end of a dragon appears. The crack provides an access point for the decoration to traverse the interior and exterior surface of the vessel.
In the plate series, the crack is simulated while a cobalt blue dragon emerges from within. The dragon floats from the imagined space, moving across the rim of the plate and escaping toward the edge of the form. The image was created with the use of a digital decal printer and fused onto a ready-made commercial plate...
...My current work examines the process of recognition-how individuals draw realities based on experiences and environment. Through functional pottery and sculpture, I challenge pre-conceptions of style, form, symbolism, superstitions and identity."
-Steven Young Lee
Steven Young Lee received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. In 2004-5, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, Lee created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York and the Lill Street Studio in Chicago, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation.