Featured Artist of the Day ~ Lee Middleman, Ceramic Artist ~ Part 2
Lee M MiddlemanPortola Valley, California, USA
Lee Middleman's work entitled "Sunflower - Desert Series 2007" has
been selected by juror Judith Schwartz for the "Feats of Clay XXI 2008"
exhibition at the Lincoln Arts & Cultural Foundation in Lincoln CA. The
work was one of 80 selected from a field of 1100 entries by 500 artists.
The national exhibition of contemporary ceramic art is held annually at
the Gladding, McBean Terra Cotta Factory. The exhibition will run from
April 26 to May 25.
Several ceramic works by Lee Middleman were selected for Ink & Clay 34.
This annual competition, established in 1971, of prints, drawings and
ceramic ware is sponsored by the Kellogg University Art Gallery of
CalState Poly U in Pomona. Lee creates shapes that reflect the curves
found in Nature and patterns and textures that emphasize the organic
interplay between order and randomness.
The exhibition runs until May 3.
In Lee’s signature work, he throws classic forms and uses surface textures to give them energy and vitality resulting in art that is both pleasing and alive. “I seek to create patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness found in Nature.” Lee uses multiple glazes to intensify the dynamic tension in his surfaces. Although functional, his work is often prized as decorative.
Lee has been recognized by many national juried competitions in the United States including “Feats of Clay,” “Strictly Functional Pottery National,” “California Clay Competition,” and “Ink & Clay.” In 2003, he was accepted into the World Ceramic Competition, World Biennale in Icheon, Korea. Museums in China, Korea and Japan have collected his work. He combines his ceramic career with his strong interest in Asian cultures by accepting invitations to several artist-in-residencies or ceramic woodfire festivals in Asia each year.
His art has also been reviewed in many publications, including Ceramics Monthly as well as international magazines and books. Lee has been interviewed on television in the United States and Japan.
Lee is Past-President of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists. He holds a PhD in Physics from Stanford University and BA in Physics from Johns Hopkins University.