Steve Lee on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Steve Lee. At first glance his porcelain ceramics appear to be traditional Asian vessels but a closer glance reveals pop culture icons and contemporary subject matter. He says of the work, "The pieces I create appropriate elements of form, decoration, color, image and material that are distinct to a particular culture or history. The viewer is left to construct the context and narrative of the object or image based on his or her own perspective and experience. I strive to create work that has the ability to transgress boundaries of all types—geographic, cultural, contextual and visual." His most recent body of work, "Deconstructed", questions the relevance of an object that fails at its original function. For this series he harnesses the fickle nature of porcelain to create vessels that partially collapse as they are fired in the kiln.

In the interview we talk about living in China, the role museums play in shaping culture, and his relationship with the Archie Bray Foundation, where he has been the resident director since 2006. For more information on Steve please visit www.stevenyounglee.com. For more information on the Archie Bray Foundation or the residency programs they offer please visit www.archiebray.org.

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  1. This was such a great interview. I listened to it twice, back to back! There were so many great points raised, especially with regards to the kind of questions we ask of ourselves as a clay community (or don't...). In your introduction you mention 'culture makers' ...may this conversation inspire many more in that vein!
    Marcelina Salazar (www.marcelinasalazar.com)

    1. Hello Marcelina,
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and for listening to the podcast. Your comment about listening to the episode twice made my day.

      I just checked out your website and blog. Great work! Love the teapot especially. I'm so glad that you blogged about building your kiln. What a great asset for the community to see the process. Hope it fires well and brings many great pots into the world.

      If you have the time would you mind leaving a comment for the show on iTunes? It is a simple process that helps other listeners find the show. If you look up Tales of a Red Clay Rambler within iTunes podcasts it will take you to our page. Click the ratings/comments button and it will allow you to leave a comment. Thanks for your time.