Young Ran Lee

Young Ran Lee is an artist and ceramicist living and working in Italy. Her work explores sculptural and architectural objects combined by wheel-throwing and hand-building. She focuses on the observation of consumed, abandoned, degraded, fragmented and scattered objects of urban environments, transforming them with an intuitive approach. Each piece is like a walk in megalithic sites in a distant era.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
My rebellion could be seen as a refusal of all traditions and modern conventions. My intention when I make my works is to give them a kind of mysterious meaning like a ritual object coming from a distant era.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your bowls?
Not at all, my aim is to create consciousness through the use of unusual objects.

Do you use your own bowls?
Yes, sometimes for a very special dinner.

Do you think tableware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Yes, it would be made by many different, unconventional and even yet unimaginable materials.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
My inspiration comes from a virtual walk in a megalithic site.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Provocative. Ritual. Hostile.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
I often use stoneware clay, and high temperature glazes made by myself. The raw materials I source from different suppliers in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany.

What are you working on right now?
I am making large vases and sculptures with different surfaces.

What excites you about tomorrow?
Tomorrow is now for me. I enjoy producing things that make me feel happy.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
When I had dinner for the first time in a Buddhist temple in Korea.

What further ambitions do you have?
Constantly experimenting with forms and surfaces, facing new challenges.

What are your 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
I love the Exploding Plates by Adam Knoche, the Beak Pliers Spoon by Sophie Hanagarth, and the Sprouting Spoon by Nils Hint.