South Korean artist Lee Jong Min hand-sculpts intricately patterned ceramic vases that express the movement of ocean waves. The all-white, teardrop-shaped vessels are expertly made from wheel-thrown porcelain, and meticulously hand-etched with flowing, organic lines. “The pattern I carve motivates the viewer’s spirit to vibrate,” says Jong Min. “The pattern simulates nature in movement, similar to waves.”
According to the artist, each of his pieces change according to the perspective of the viewer. From a distance, “a serene tranquil feeling will wash over [them],” mirroring similar feelings you might experience when watching gentle ocean waves, or ripples on a lake. A closer look reveals the delicate patterns on their porcelain surfaces, where Jong Min believes you can see the flowing “gentleness of nature.” When lit, each piece produces elegant shadows, determined by the depth and angle of the artist’s carving.
If you’d like to experience the gentle tranquility of Jong Min’s porcelain vessels yourself, they will be exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London starting on the 22nd through February 25, 2018. The exhibition, presented by Crafts Council, is part of The International Fair for Contemporary Objects.