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Ceramicist Creates Sculptural Bowls and Vases Inspired by Colorado Woodlands

Ceramic Tree Vessels by Heesoo Lee

Nature-loving ceramicist Heesoo Lee creates enchanting sculptural vessels that look like forests of aspen trees. Lee’s fascination with the majestic woodlands came from her time living in Colorado with her husband and fellow ceramicist, Adam Field. She explains, “I just fell in love with their shape. They look like a human, like a really feminine lady to me, really delicate. I just can't stop painting them.”

To achieve the delicate leaf-like texture, the Montana-based artist cuts and adds each porcelain piece by hand. Just like many of the best creative ideas, this process resulted from a happy accident, when Lee tried to cover a crack by adding more pieces.

She achieves such vibrancy from multiple layers of underglaze, and many fine layers of pigmented clay. The stunning bowls and vases come to life as the layers of underglaze interact during firing in the kiln.

You can purchase Lee’s forest-like ceramics on her Etsy page.

Ceramicist Heesoo Lee creates sculptural vessels that resemble aspen tree woodlands.

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Process is a major part of Lee’s work. She shares photos and videos of works-in-progress on her Instagram profile.

Ceramic Tree Vessels by Heesoo Lee Heesoo Lee: Website | Instagram | Etsy
h/t: [Lustik, Colossal]

All images via Heesoo Lee.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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