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25th January 2021
New Acquisitions: Jennifer Lee


The Derek Williams Trust has recently acquired two pieces by Jennifer Lee: Pale pot with speckled emerging rim (1994) and Olive, haloed granite bands, tilted rim (2003, pictured).

Lee was one of the important figures to emerge in British studio ceramics in the 1980s, contributing to the move away from viewing clay as a medium confined to functional, domestic forms towards more sculptural and conceptual concerns.

Born in Aberdeenshire in 1956, Lee studied ceramics and tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970s. Her reputation is based on hand-built unglazed stoneware pots characterised by smooth surfaces and rich colours. Her forms are studiedly simple and carefully balanced, while her varied palette of colours draws on expert use of mineral oxides to colour the clay.