CASA LOEWE Conversation #9
The unique hand-making practice of ceramist Jennifer Lee
The next installment in the CASA LOEWE Conversations series invites Jennifer Lee, British ceramist and winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018, to discuss ceramics and her enduring approach to it with Sarah Griffin, the curator of Lee’s forthcoming show (9 July – 22 September) at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, England.
The conversation coincides with this exhibition, Lee’s first solo show in a UK public gallery since 1994, extending this tribute to one of the UK’s finest and most acclaimed ceramists. Spanning a 40-year career, following a Masters at the Royal College of Art in London, Lee has finely tuned her artistic processes to produce ceramics that transform into breath-taking manifestations of the natural elements, landscapes and geological processes that forged them.
During the conversation the speakers will explore Lee’s journey as an artist, her unique handmade processes and broader questions of ceramics in the contemporary age.
Jennifer Lee won the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize in 2018 and was a judge at this year’s competition. These marked the latest achievements in the British ceramicist’s enduring and accomplished career that spans over forty years. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1956, she later studied ceramics and tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, before honing her craft through extensive travels and a Masters in ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London. Her works are represented in over 45 public collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, V&A and British Museum.
Sarah Griffin is an independent curator specialising in ceramics and applied arts, with a background in modern and contemporary art following a tenure at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since 2010 she has regularly curated exhibitions for The New Art Centre in Wiltshire, England and curated a Sotheby's commissioned exhibition Modern Makers at Chatsworth House, England in 2013. Griffin has been responsible for curating Jennifer Lee’s exhibition at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, England, the ceramicist’s first solo show in a UK public gallery for 25 years.