Friday, 16 November 2012

from 'Artists giving traditions new life' - Hamilton Spectator by Regina Haggo, Thu Feb 16 2012     


This stamped and carved ceramic pencil holder by Lee Jung-Do is part of his exhibition of Buncheong pottery.


Rueter’s paper and mixed-media creations are on show at the Dundas gallery along with ceramics by Lee Jung-Do. The exhibitions are separate but they share a strong sense of history, preserving traditional arts and crafts while giving them a fresh spin.

Lee Jung-Do focuses firmly on form in his monochrome ceramics. Lee covers his striking white slip-coated bowls, platters and jars with animated and stylized birds, fish and flowers. But the patterns never distract from the vessel’s shape.
He’s filled the interior of a large platter, for instance, with tiny fish forms, some overlapping and all swimming in circles, a direction that reinforces the platter’s shape.
“My work,” he says, “is a continuing process of pursuing complete beauty from simple and elegant appearance.”

The beauty of traditional Buncheong ware has captivated him. This traditional stoneware was popular in Korea before the 16th century.

Buncheong Pencil Holder, a wide-mouthed vessel with a slim rim, boasts a stamped and carved pattern that covers the whole body. Rounded flowers of various sizes compete for attention with small holes, some rounded, others more rectangular. The randomly placed holes add an eye-catching component to the pattern, bringing an unexpected irregularity to the surface and drawing our attention sporadically to the vessel’s interior.

Regina Haggo, art historian, public speaker, curator and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art.
William Rueter and Lee Jung-Do
Where: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas
When: until Feb. 26
Phone: 905-627-4265

Friday, 10 December 2010


 Born in 1953, Lee Jung-Do is a potter who has focused primarily on reviving the beauty of stamped Buncheong ware in the modern manner for over past 40years.
Departing from the traditional style of Buncheong, his work is aptly and succinctly made with the abbreviation of its surface decoration, thereby evoking a feeling of action within stillness”.  The technique of stamping patterns on the surface began to appear
partly in Goryeo inlaid celadon in the 13th century and was widely used in many ceramics in the period from the end of the Goryeo Dynasty to the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty. A tiny chrysanthemum design was steadily applied to the stamped Buncheong ware of this era.
Lee’s stamped Buncheong, however, shows a variety of patterns such as square, rectangular or dot designs. In making his Buncheong piece Lee employs one of those patterns in consideration of its form.
“Tiny floral designs disposed regularly in density are the fundamental element of Lees work.  As if covering the surfaces of a high-foot basin and a neatly looking hap,(vessel with the lid) Lee Jung-Do decorates his work with those patterns with great seriousness. In a tremendously small part of his work Lee tends to carefully bring
about  a minor change to lend vitality to his piece. Succinctly and neatly created in its shape, his Buncheong stoneware with stamped patterns appears extremely restrained and understated in the expression of feelings.
said Choi Gun, director of the Joseon Royal Kiln Museum in Kwangju.
Of various modeling qualities of Buncheong, Lee selects the simplicity of its form as the main factor of his work, infusing the delicacy of naturally stamped design and Sgraffiato pattern with a modern flair. He also exuberantly expresses the natural beauty of color and texture by means of revealing the white slip surface. Rather than trying to engender any beauty artificially or intentionally, he inspires sympathy of all with the simple and rustic beauty of his potteries blended with the modern technique.

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 I have always seen how most artists, despite of all the different fields, suffer from this obsessive conception that they need to create something new. I can’t be exempt from this reality since I am one of those artists.I believe this kind of obsessive idea about creation first comes from the discord with one’s ego. Now I am trying to free myself from this conflict with my “self.” This probably begins by realizing once again the need to be truly honest to oneself. 
  My works are simply as they seem. It is rare that the result of my works would require another explanation for them because these apparent outcomes are easy for anyone to comprehend. My work is a continuing process of pursuing the complete beauty from simple and elegant appearance.
  Nowadays, there are many genres in works of soil. The fact that the number of hard-working ceramists is increasing in these different genres makes me feel satisfied because I feel like they are becoming firm supporters of the developments in ceramic arts. I, too, feel a huge pleasure to be a part of this journey and wish to be remembered as a ceramist that lived a refreshing life with soil. 


1991~2005 KOREA,  JAPAN,  USA  6 times
2012 Carnegie Gallery Dundas, ON CANADA
2014 Carnegie Gallery Dundas, ON CANADA


2012 SOFA New York; Mindy Solomon Gallery, USA
2011 CERAMIC with the Technique of INLAY, Gyeongi International CeraMIX Biennale, Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Korea
2009 International Ceramic workshop & Exhibition,Indiana State University, Indianapolis USA
2009-2004 From the Fire;Contemporary Korean Ceramics USA Touring Exhibition:
Trammell & Margaret Crow collection of Asian Art -Dallas TX, Roswell Museum and Art Center- Roswell NM, Pacific Asia Museum-Pasadena CA, Honolulu Academy of Arts-Honolulu HI, Asian Art Museum-San Francisco CA, Mississippi Museum of Art-Jackson MS, Museum of Fine Arts-St. Petersburg FL,  Jordan Schnitzner Museum of Art at the Univ. of Oregon- Eugene OR, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts-Montgomery AL, Anchorage Museum of History and Art- Anchorage AK, LaGrange Art Museum- LaGrange GA, Denison University Art Gallery-Granville OH, Kennesaw State University Art Gallery- Kennesaw GA
2006 Forth East-West Ceramics Collaboration, International ceramic workshop & Exhibition; University of Hawai‘i at Manoa & University of Hawai‘i Department of Art Gallery, USA
2006 Korean Ceramics Exhibition; Shinjuku Park Tower Gallery, Shinjuku, Japan
2006 Modern Korean Ceramics Exhibition; Traditional Yet Contemporary, London Air Gallery, England
2005 Teapot of the World, the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju Museum, Korea
2003 Korean Ceramics -Tradition & Transformation, 37th NCECA, San Diego City College LRC Hall,   USA
2003 Korean Ceramics Special Exhibition, the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale, Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Korea
2003 Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts, USA
2001 Potters of Korea, Korean Culture Center, Osaka, Japan
1996'96 JICA in Belgium, Alden Biesen Museum of Art, Belgium
1994 IRIS International Ceramic Biennale, Porvoo, Finland
1993 Korean Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Faenza, Italy
1992-91 Contemporary Korean Ceramics Touring Exhibition to Europe, Sweden, Germany, France


2019 Toronto Potters Presentation & Demonstration
2017 Burlington Potters' Guild Demonstration
2009 International Ceramic workshop & Exhibition, Indiana    State University, Indianapolis USA
2006 Buncheong workshop, Sheridan college 
2006 Forth East-West Ceramics Collaboration, International ceramic workshop
1988 Korean Culture Event –Workshop & demonstration, Kyunghee Palace, ’88 Seoul Olympic Event

2003 Juror of Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea

Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Kwangju, KOREA
International Arts & Artists Center, Washington DC, USA 
Honolulu Academy of Arts Gallery, Hawaii, USA  
Sungkyunkwan University Museum, Seoul, KOREA
Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Kwangju, KOREA
Sevres National Museum of Ceramics, FRANCE
Hongik University Contemporary Museum of Art, KOREA
Musee Royal De Marimont, BELGIUM
British Museum, London, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Royal Ontario Museum, CANADA

Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami FL USA
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, USA
Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON, Canada
Gardiner Museum Shop, Toronto, ON, Canada