Category Archives: Speakers

Jae Won Lee

Jae Won Lee: Elsewhere

Jae Won Lee

Jae Won Lee

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Jae Won Lee as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“Noticing things is crucial to making art: things about ourselves, problems, and challenges. Making art allows us to declare who we are.”

Jae Won Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She absorbed a love of Korean culture from her parents, who taught literature, wrote poetry and translated American and English stories into Korean. She came to the United States to attend California State University at Long Beach and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where she received her MFA in 1995. Here she experienced a new and foreign culture, mining the on-going sensation of suspension between cultures to produce her labour-intensive and contemplative work.

Jae Won Lee

Blue Mountain (view), 2010, cup and saucer, dish set, porcelain, wooden shelves.

Her work has been described as “intimate-scaled, reductive, sealed porcelain box forms, as well as porcelain sculpture shaped by numerous small multiple components.” She works in a variety of materials in addition to porcelain including paper, fabric and hair, but all works are characterized by an exquisite sensitivity to materials, pattern, symmetry and decoration. She covers her porcelain box forms with delicate floral patterns, which “inhabit the common ground between nature and culture, theory and phenomena.” She uses obsessive labour and repetition to imply the passage of time, simplifying her forms to focus energy and induce a sense of mystery. Glazed in jewel-like colours, the resulting works are sensuously beautiful and life-affirming. She writes that she would like her “message in its empathy, simplicity and sensitivity to evoke a sense of isolation.”

Lee attended numerous artist residencies including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine; the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China; the Chung Nam National University in Deajeon, Korea, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the European Ceramic Workcenter in the Netherlands. In March of 2012, she presented “In Search of Streams and Mountains” in the “New Work” category at the NCECA conference in Seattle. In this work, Lee examines the traditional genre of Chinese landscape painting, exploring both the “actual topography of a grand site and the layers of psychological and art historical meanings that are embedded in the scenery.” She has taught at a number of institutions including Camberwell College of Arts in London, Rutgers State University in New Jersey and Michigan State University in East Lansing, where she has taught since 1998. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and internationally in Korea, the Netherlands and China. She is represented by Paul Kotula Projects in Detroit, Michigan.

The lecture will take place Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm in room 245, NB, Emily Carr University. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Note: For more on Jae Won Lee, please see her website at www.jaewonlee.net

Ying-Yueh Chuang

Ying-Yueh Chuang | “In Search of Paradise”

Ying-Yueh Chuang

Ying-Yueh Chuang

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Ying-Yueh Chuang as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Martina Lantin. photo: Christina Hills

Martina Lantin | “Migration/Adaptation”

Martina Lantin. photo: Christina Hills

Martina Lantin. photo: Christina Hills

Following best practices as recommended by health professionals regarding the Covid-19 virus, the North-West Ceramics Foundation has reluctantly cancelled our upcoming lecture by Martina Lantin originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We are committed to our public responsibility to help keep our community safe, and therefore have elected to avoid scheduling events with large gatherings. In our efforts to promote ceramics in British Columbia, we appreciate your support and look forward to re-scheduling Martina’s visit in October or November. Continue reading

Gilbert Poissant

Gilbert Poissant | “Forty Years of Practice: From Object to Mural”

Gilbert Poissant

Gilbert Poissant

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to present a talk by Quebec ceramist Gilbert Poissant, “Forty Years of Practice: From Object to Mural.” The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Gail Nichols

​Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Gail Nichols as its featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 7:00 pm. The lecture is organized is cooperation with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and will be held in Room 103. The Shadbolt Centre is located at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald | “Public Craft”

Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Rory MacDonald as its featured speaker at a free public lecture entitled Public Craft, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Robin Dupont

Robin Dupont | “Beyond the Surface”

Robin Dupont

Robin Dupont

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Robin Dupont as its featured speaker at a free public lecture Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Bruce Cochrane

Bruce Cochrane

Bruce Cochrane

Bruce Cochrane

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce internationally acclaimed potter Bruce Cochrane as their next featured speaker on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The lecture will be held in Room 105 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby), at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Continue reading

Paul Mathieu

Paul Mathieu | “PICTURE THIS! Ceramics and Pictorial Spaces”

Paul Mathieu

Paul Mathieu

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Paul Mathieu as their next featured speaker on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver), at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Continue reading