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9 July 2019 – 22 September 2019

“‘A timeless quality’. Lee’s exhibition is one of which Ede surely would have approved.” Frieze Magazine

This exhibition was the first solo presentation of the renowned ceramicist, Jennifer Lee’s work in a UK public institution since 1994. It included 40 works made from different periods throughout Lee’s entire career as well as new pots which were made especially for the exhibition at Kettle’s Yard.

Jennifer Lee is a major presence to have emerged from studio ceramics of the 1970s, whose practitioners dismantled notions of clay as a medium confined to functional forms and domestic environments.

Lee’s hand-built unglazed stoneware pots are characterised by their smooth surfaces and rich colours. Beginning with a pinch pot base, which is built upon by coiling lengths of clay, the roots of her process lie in the earliest forms of clay making.

Described by Edmund de Waal as ‘the embodiment of place, complex and intriguing,’ Lee’s pots focus on the interaction between materials and elements, powerfully evoking experiences of time, place and process in a way that feels at once ancient and contemporary.

The exhibition was designed by Jamie Fobert Architects and curated by Sarah Griffin. A new publication designed by Jake Tilson, including an essay by Tanya Harrod, is available from our shop and online.


About Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee (b. 1956, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) lives and works in London. She studied ceramics and tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art between 1975 and 1979. Following this she spent eight months on a travelling scholarship in the USA where she researched Ancient Southwest Native American ceramics and visited contemporary West Coast potters. From 1980 to 1983 she continued to develop hand building techniques in coloured clay using ancient, traditional methods at the Royal College of Art, London. Since then her travels have included trips to Egypt, India, Japan, the United States and Europe. Lee has had retrospective exhibitions in museums in Sweden and Scotland and her ceramics are represented in over 45 public collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, the V&A and the British Museum. She was invited by Issey Miyake to exhibit in ‘U-Tsu-Wa’ with Lucie Rie and Ernst Gamperl at 21_21 Design Sight in 2009. The installation was designed by Tadao Ando. She has worked in Japan as guest artist in residence at Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park four times and will return to Japan this autumn to be guest artist at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art. In 2018 she was awarded the LOEWE Craft Prize and she is a judge for the 2019 prize.


Pale, speckled, emerging rim, 1997, 21.8 x 13cm. Shigaraki Red, dark, red tilted shelf, 2014, 15.2 x 11.8cm. Asymmetric amber lichen, 1986, 28.5 x 15.4cm. Photo: Jon Stokes

Courtesy of the Loewe Foundation © LeChuck Studio.

Shigaraki Red, fractionated red, dark base, tilted, 2014, 13.7×10cm. Shigaraki Red, dark metallic, red tilted shelf, 2014, 15.2×11.8cm. Shigaraki Red, dark base, red rim, 2014, 6.6×18cm. Photo: Jon Stokes

Rust speckled, rust flashing, 2001, 9 x 19cm. Olive banded, speckled coral bands, 1991, 24.2 x 15.2cm. Photo: Jon Stokes