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Inhwa Lee


Inhwa Lee was born in Seoul in 1986.

Inhwa Lee was born in Seoul in 1986. Her elegant hand-thrown cylindrical vessels are created using Yanggu White Porcelain found in the Bangsan region and world renowned for its beautiful purity of colour and strength when fired to high temperatures. For hundreds of years, and within living memory, potteries were located at the foot of the mountains in the Bangsan region. When her clay is dry, Inhwa works the interior and exterior of each piece to render the walls so fine that the light can pass through them.

Inhwa Lee and her husband Kim Deok-ho moved to the Bangsan area to study Yanggu White Clay at the Yanggu White Porcelain Centre. Before moving to Yanggu, Inhwa had clay delivered to her studio door in neat packages, and had only ever read about what the clay looked like as a raw material. When she was first able to hold some in its raw state she was truly surprised at the transformation that took place between the initial material and the clay that she'd been receiving at her studio.

Expertise and experience is required to find and process this clay. Historically, the people of Bangsan carefully mined and collected white chunks from veins of white ores that they discovered whilst wandering though the surrounding mountains and river banks. These piles of precious white chunks were then scraped away tens of thousands of times for impurities, ground by mills into fine particles and then filtered through the waters of Suipcheon River so that only the clay was left.

Artist CV

2011 M.F.A in Ceramics, Faculty of Crafts & Design, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Korea
2009 B.F.A in Ceramics, Faculty of Crafts & Design, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Material Moments, The Stratford Gallery, United Kingdom

2019 Material, Moments, Lkate Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016 Depth of Light, LVS Project, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions
2020 Pervade, Parksookeun Museum, Yanggu, Korea
2020 Dutch Parade, Galleria Gwnggyo, Suwon, Korea
2020 Collect, LVS Gallery Korea, Somerset House, London, UK
2019 A Place of living, Park Soo Keun Museum, Yanggu, Korea
2019 SEOBO with Galleria, Galleria, Seoul, Korea
2019 Afternoon of Seoraejae, Seoraejae, Yanggu, Korea
2019 Monochrome Monologue, Korean Cultural Center in Japan, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Monochrome Monologue, Milan Design week 2019 - Superstudio show with KCDF, Milan, Italy
2018 Gagarye, Arumjigi, Seoul, Korea
2018 Connection, Renkodo Gallery, Kyoto, Tokyo
2018 Viaje del Tiempo. Artesana y diseo contemporneo coreano, Centro Cultural de Corea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 The Journey of Time, Korean Cultural Center Australia Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2018 Korean connection, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018 Summer of Porcelain in Yanggu Tools for Tea, Yanggu porcelain Museum, Yanggu, Korea
2018 Yakbang, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul, Korea
2018 Viaje del Tiempo. Artesana y diseo contemporneo coreano, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid, Spain
2018 Summering, The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2018 Tools for Dringking, YEOL, Seoul, Korea
2017 TRESOR Contemporary Craft, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2017 Steel Craft lifestyle, PoMA (Pohang Museum of Steel Art), Pohang, Korea
2017 Summer of Porcelain in Yanggu Another Yanggu Porcelain, Yanggu porcelain Museum, Yanggu, Korea
2017 Walk in Yeonhui, Caf vostok, Seoul, Korea
2017 茶境 Work collection of tea cultural exchange exhibition, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an, China
2017 SOFA Chicago 2017, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
2017 Korean New Star Arts, Art stage, Hankyu Department store, Osaka, Japan
2017 黑?白, Babaghury, Tokyo, Japan
2017 BKV Prize, Gallery of Applied Arts, M?nchen, Germany
2017 BKV Prize, IHM, M?nchen, Germany
2017 The room of desire, Raumwerk gallery, Munchen, Germany
2016 Yoonsaeng Project, LKATE Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 2016 Contemporary Ceramic Art in Asia, NTCRI, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 Make your movements : Korea contemporary objects, a new approach, Korea Cultural Centre UK, London, UK
2016 Summer of Porcelain in Yanggu 2016, Yanggu Porcelain Museum, Yanggu, Korea
2016 Together, Lkate Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 Korea NOW!, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. M?nchen, Germany
2016 Kap-Sun Hwang und seine Sch?ler, Galerie Handwerk, M?nchen, Germany
2016 Art Geneva 2016, Palexpo, Geneva, Swiss
2015 Craft Trend Fair 2015, Coex, Seoul. Korea
2015 Korea Now, Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
2015 Intimacy & crafts, Mr. Kitly, Melbourne, Australia
2015 COLLECT 2015, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2015 Maison et objet 2015, Nord Villepinte, Paris, France
2014 Craft Trend Fair 2014, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2014 SOFA Chicago 2014, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
2014 Maison et objet 2014, Nord Villepinte, Paris, France
2014 Ceramic art, tell the future, Kyungwoon Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 COLLECT 2014, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2014 Beauty of Waiting, Korean Craft Museum, Cheongju, Korea
2014 Seoul Living Design fair, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2014 Warm skills, 溫技, Culture station 284, Seoul, Korea
2013 The Gift Collection, Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
2013 Sprout, Gallery Rubi, Tokyo, Japan
2013 SOFA Chicago 2013, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
2013 White in White, JFChen Gallery, LA, USA
2013 The New Past, Museum of Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
2013 White on White, Durham University. Oriental Museum, Durham, UK
2013 COLLECT 2013,, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2013 EUTEKTIKUM, Galerie Rosemarie jager, Hochheim, Germany
2013 Seoul Living Design fair, Coex. Seoul, Korea
2012 Craft Trend Fair 2012, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2012 Becoming One with Tea, ARUMJIKI, Seoul, Korea
2012 White in White, The Second Episode, Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
2012 From Furstenberg to Asia. Museum in Castle Furstenberg, Furstenberg, Germany
2011 The Culture of Drinking, Galerie Handwerk Munchen, Munchen, Germany
2011 KIEL-KELLINGHUSEN-KOREA, Kellinghusen Museum, Kellinghusen, Germany
2011 'Tableware for one person, LVS Craft, Seoul, Korea
2011 'Mix-up+', Bandal Art Museum, Yeoju, Korea
2011 Seoul Living Design fair, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2011 Cup 2011 NEW DESIGN & LIMITED EDITION, LVS Craft, Seoul, Korea
2011 Internationale Handwerkmesse, Munchen, Germany
2011 The 71st Tokyo International Gift Show 2011 Spring, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
2010 Craft Trend Fair 2010, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2010 Seoul Living Design fair, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2010 5感圖?展, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
2010 Deposition, Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
2010 Tokyo Tableware fair, Tokyo Dorm, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Contemporary Asian Ceramics-Exchange Exhibition of New Generation, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Nagoya, Japan

2018 Young Artist of the Year Award, Commendation by Minister The Government of Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea
2017 2nd Prize, BKV Prize, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein e V. Germany
2017 Honorable Mentions, 11th International Ceramics Competition MINO, Japan
2015 Grand Prize, 'Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2015, Korea
2015 selected, The 4th beautiful Koeran Ceramics Competition, Korea
2011 Gold Prize, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011?, Korea
2011 Madal of DA Magazine devoted to a young artist participating, Premio Faenza, Italy
2011 Honorable Mentions, 9th International Ceramics Competition MINO, Japan
2010 Selected, 2010 2nd GwangJu White Porcelain Competition, Korea
2009 Selected, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009', Korea
2009 Selected, The 2nd Beautiful Korean Ceramics Competition, (World Ceramic Exposition Foundation), Korea


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Yanggu Porcelain Museum, Yanggu, Korea
Durham University Oriental Museum, Durham, UK
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea
Amore pacific Museum, Seoul, Korea