Craft Awards

Grace Eun Mi Lee
2014 AWARD: Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award

Grace Eun Mi Lee is a ceramic artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario, working in porcelain ceramic, a medium that allows her to reflect her imagination into three dimensional representations. She obtained a BFA in Craft Design at the University of Suwon and an MFA in Ceramics at Hongik University in South Korea. In 2010, Lee moved to Canada in order to pursue a career in the art world. Since June 2011, she has served as an artist in residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Lee is interested in things that go unnoticed and appear to have little or no significance on a regular basis. Using forms inspired by micro-organisms, she emphasizes the importance of the individuality and the collective entity. The creatures are inter-connection of real and imagined existence and Lee believes that by taking the time to observe and give our attention to these small details, we are faced with another form of existence waiting for our recognition. Lee’s goal is to create one-of-a-kind shapes that are precise and detailed while still having the “handmade” look and feel. She tries to use her surrounding environment and personal experiences to influence the shapes she creates.



Porcelain, Fishing line

Dust (detailed shot)
Porcelain, Fishing line

Porcelain, Fishing line

While I was away
Porcelain, Illustration print

A stroke of…
Porcelain, Vinyl photo print

The Outbreak-detailed shot
Porcelain, Smoke fire

Creatures (Salt and Pepper Shaker)
Porcelain, Gold luster

Ring holders
Porcelain, Gold luster

Espresso Cups
Porcelain, Gold luster

Chess Set
Porcelain, Acrylic, Aluminum

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