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Ahryun Lee

MA work

Materiality can manifest a sensual perception. This investigation of surface quality is the primary feature of my work. Driven by materials instinctively especially extraordinary glazes, I create metamorphic sculptures which incite discourse between the object and the viewer, whilst maintaining an interesting and unusual aesthetic.

The body of work is abstract, which brings boundless imaginary ideas about the invisible world. The transformation of forms are reflected in the fusion of human, natural and subconscious emotions. I invite viewers into my fictional world when gazing upon my curious sculptural beings; a creation of a new species that rises out of my imagination and takes the viewer onto a fantasy voyage.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2016

  • Ceramics is such an enchanting area which has numerous creative possibilities. My practice has developed using a combination of professional skills alongside fundamental knowledge of materials. The rich history and traditional skills drive my practice, especially during my previous education in Korea which trained me as a highly skillful maker influenced by the appreciation of craftsmanship. However, the experimental work and the interdisciplinary approaches in contemporary ceramics, open up new possibilities in expression which embrace other artistic fields such as sculpture and installation. These interesting trends provide me with curiosities to explore different areas out of my comfort zone and expand my territories from craft, design to art.

    My work has become more versatile whilst studying at the Royal College of Art, To contemplate the area between function and non-function, my main objective is to create intriguing objects which create discourse between the object and the viewer, whilst maintaining an interesting and unusual aesthetic. Unusual surface manipulation is the main feature of my work, material research enables the creation of other visual languages in my work.  

  • Degrees

  • BFA Ceramics, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2011
  • Experience

  • Teacher, Drawing Academy, Korea, 2008–2011; Assistant intern curator, the 6th World Ceramic Biennial, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Korea, 2011; Student tutor, Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London, UK, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Korea University Craft exhibition, Craft Assosiation, Korea, 2010; The 3rd traditional wine festival, Han-ok village, Korea, 2010; Graduation show, Seoul National University, Korea, 2010; Seoul Design Festival, Coex, Korea, 2010; Craft Trend Fair, Gallery LVS, Coex, Korea, 2010; Popping Popping Play Ceramics, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, 2011; Seoul Gift Show, Coex, Korea, 2012; An'c 4 Craft Art Fair, Hyundai department Store, Korea, 2012; Work-in-Progress Show, Royal College of Art Kensington, UK, 2015; Ceramic Art London, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, UK, 2015; Crafty Fox Market, London Design Festival, UK, 2015; Off Centre, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, UK, 2015; RCA Christmas Fete, Royal College of Art, UK, 2015; Work-in-Progress Show, Royal College of Art Battersea, UK, 2016; The Emerging and the Established, Christie's South Kensington, UK, 2016; In Context, RCA Ceramics and glass showcase at Preston Fitzgerald's House, UK, 2016; London Craft Week, RCA Ceramics and glass showcase at Sarah Griffin's House, UK, 2016; The 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse, Keramik Museum Westerwald, Germany, 2016
  • Awards

  • Excellent Prize, Korea Craft Culture Assosiation, 2010; President Prize, Seoul National University, 2010