LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 winner Jennifer Lee invites us into her London studio to give us a glimpse into the handmade processes that go into creating her ceramic vessels.
Over the last forty years, following ceramics and tapestry studies at Edinburgh College of Art and a Masters at the Royal College of Art in London, Lee has been honing her unique artistic process. Using basic core materials – clay, water, oxides – and classical pinching and coiling techniques, she has achieved such elegance in her creations people are often surprised that they were not formed on a potter´s wheel.
Time and evolution are central concerns of Lee´s practice. Famously she maintains an archive of pre-coloured clays, the properties of which change over the years – the clay she used for her winning Craft Prize entry was itself 30 years old. Her resulting ceramics become breathtaking manifestations of the natural elements, landscapes and geological processes that forged them.