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Chuly Lee




2011-2012 MA Design pathway_Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, London, UK

2003-2009 BFA Ceramics, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea



Selected Exhibitions

2023 Over Load, World Confucian Culture Museum, Andong, Korea

2023 G-Ceramic Online Fair

2022 Day by Day: Korean Ceramics in Daily Life, Sydney Craft Week, Sydney, Australia

2022 Next Creators(Selected), Home Table Deco Fair, Seoul, Korea

2021 G-Ceramic Online Fair

2021 Icheon Ceramics Market, Icheon, Korea

2020 Korea Craft Week, Korea

2019 'designjuction' - London Design Festival, London, UK

2017 'Material Consequences' - London Design Collective, Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Korea

2016 'Shuffle' - Summer Exhibition, Herrick Gallery, London, UK

2016 Fuorisalone, Milan Design Week, BASE, Milan, Italy

2015 Shoreditch Christmas Market, Red Gallery, London, UK

2015 Open Studios, London Ceramics Studio Coop, UK 

2015 Independent Ceramics Market, Abney Hall, London, UK

2012 'How Come', London Design Festival, The Rag Factory Shoreditch, London, UK

2008 China Sourcing Fair, Asia World Expo, Hong Kong

2008 Graduate Exhibition ‘300 fingers’, Gallery Lamer, Seoul, Korea

2008 UIT Design International Exchange Exhibition, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

2008 International Young Artist Spring Art Show, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2008 The 2nd Exhibition of Sonzil ‘News for Today’, Design Gallery, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

2007 Dotbyeol, Korea Crafts & Design Foundation, Seoul, Korea

2007 The 1st Exhibition of Sonzil ‘Who A U’, Design Gallery, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea




2008 "Hug Mug" and "Cozy Radio 3", UIT Design Solution Centre, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea


Awards / Grants


2017 Selected Designer for UK Pavilion of International zone, Korea Craft & Design Foundation, Korea

2016 New Creative, Arts Thread x Designersblock, UK

2008 Pre-Entrepreneurial Craftsmen, Korea Federation of Handicrafts Cooperatives, Seoul, Korea

2008 UIT scholarship, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

2007 Academic Achievement Grant, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

2007 Merit Scholarship, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea


Work Experience

2016-2018 Designer/Technician, Gukje Industry, Gimpo, Korea

2015-2016 Member of London Ceramics Studio Coop, London, UK

2015-2018 UK correspondent, Korea Crafts & Design Foundation, Seoul, Korea

2015-2016 UK correspondent, Wolgok Jewelry Research Center, Seoul, Korea

2014-2015 Researcher, Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, Seoul, Korea

2009–2010 Researcher, Wooil Ceramics, Paju, Korea


Chuly Lee specialises predominantly in ceramics and porcelain jewellery. He was born in Seoul, Korea. After gained a bachelors in ceramics at Kookmin University he moved to London, England and studied design at Goldsmiths for his masters. Starting his design world from 2003 with a curious thought of what ‘aesthetic value in depth’ is, he has continuously researched on his interest in uncontrollability of forms in natural objects and papers by resurrecting and transforming things from the dead to live ceramics.





About Chuly Lee’s work


The chief influence of Chuly Lee’s work is the revitalisation of something people do not pay attention. He collects the worthless objects such as dried sprigs, dead-wildflowers, -verbenas, -raspberries and discarded tabloids from provinces in England, then resurrects it into porcelain. The porcelain pieces that become a valued object highlight uncontrollability and plasticity of ceramics that can shape in an infinite number of unique forms by burning off the natural medium after spraying clay on them. Each piece has a delicate look, but in fact, has enough strength of porcelain and precious metals.

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