The Outing of Tohheun:
Ceramics of Jisan Jong-neung Lee
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Friday, Sept. 18, 6-8 pm
On view through Oct. 5, including Saturdays,
Sept. 26 & Oct. 3, 11am-5pm
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Join us for the opening of The Outing of Tohheun, a new exhibition of 60 ceramic works by celebrated Korean pottery master Jong-neung Lee.
Jisan, the artist name he is known by, has redefined classical Korean pottery forms and created his own unique style, Tohheun, characterized by asymmetrical beauty and the rich natural texture and pigment of earth sampled from across Asia and around the world. Glazed yet unfiltered, Tohheun is Jisan's signature style of tradition-inspired, contemporary pottery. It represents pottery as life: a mystical blend of earth and fire, love and passion. Jisan is also an expert of the refined porcelain moon-shaped jar, a classical Korean style that influenced Western potters when it was first brought to Europe in the late 19th century, and the copper-red infused jinsa which flourished during Korea's ancient Goryeo Dynasty during in the 12th century, a golden age of traditional Asian ceramics. Both styles, as well as many other unique creations that tell visual stories of everyday life, will be on display in the exhibition.
Jisan Jong-neung Lee began his study of ceramics in college, a passion which led him across Asia in the early 1960s as he explored the culture and varying raw materials of pottery in Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Mongolia, and other locales along the ancient Silk Road. As an artist, he began to receive international attention in 2002 when he was selected to showcase his work at the Busan Asian Games. He has been featured in numerous documentaries on world ceramics, and his moon-shaped porcelain works, reminiscent of ancient classics, went on display at The British Museum in London in 2007. Recently he has showcased his work in galleries across the United States.