Monday, July 14, 2008
Jennifer Lee, 1956
Jennifer Lee makes these wonderfully quiet but strong hand-built vessels. She incorporates oxides and sands into the body to give the colors and textures. The oxides, which she gets from all over the world can be coarse or fine, each giving it's own texture and feel. Occasionally the interaction of two ajoining oxides will create a halo effect.
The base is pinched to about 1/3 of the height and the rest is built up in tall bands.
Some of her signatures are the asymetrical 'ledge' like rim on the top pot and, lately, a diagonal band of inlayed colored clay.
You can find images of her work on-line, she's represented by the Galerie Besson http://www.galeriebesson.co.uk/ in London and the Frank Lloyd Gallery http://www.franklloyd.com/ in the US.
There is also a very informative YouTube video of her talking about her pots at last year's SOFA exhibition in the states at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBwi4IfCbE
I would love to have one of her pots but, starting at $3000 they're way out of my price range. She says she only makes about 18 pots a year which I suppose helps keep the value up.
Still, I can dream.