Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild



Lee Middleman

In my ceramic forms, I seek to create shapes that reflect the curves found in Nature and patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness.

The tactile feel and visual look of surface textures are essential to my pieces. My recent work is focused on creating textures by deeply impressing patterns into thrown cylinders without distorting the overall shape. As the pattern adjusts to the shape and function of the vessel, it becomes reflective of Nature's adaptation to the form - as the size and shape of a reptile's scales gradually vary along its body.

For high-fire pieces, the glazing process enhances the natural aesthetic of the order and randomness.

My goal is to pursue the interplay of shape, surface texture, ordered patterns, and random effects so that work is created that intrigues the eye and demands to be touched.

Coming Events & Venues

International Ceramic Triennial Exhibition UNICUM 

May 17 to September 30, 2018

National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

The National Museum of Slovenia will host the competitive part of the Triennial as well as the international exhibition of ceramics of students.  The emphasis is on popularization as well as presentation of contemporary ceramics as an independent area in the field of artistic creation. Triennial is a connection between international and Slovene areas.


ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival

Saturday & Sunday, July 14  & 15, 2018, 10am to 5:00 pm
Palo Alto Art Center
, 1313 Newell Rd,
Palo Alto, CA

The prestigious and popular 26th Annual ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival is a free, fun-filled two-day celebration of Clay and Glass Art. Featuring both fine and functional art, the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival is the largest show of its kind, with 150 juried artists offering their work.


Visions In Clay

September 4 to 21, 2018
LH Horton Gallery in Stockton, CA
My work Winter Ridge Globe has been selected for the Visions In Clay Exhibition at the LH Horton Gallery in Stockton, CA. The exhibition of 52 artists is from September 4 to 21, 2018. Gallery Reception: September 6 from 5 to 7 pm. The juror was Beth Ann Gerstein, Executive Director, American Museum of Ceramic Art. This is my 6th time in the exhibition.


Lee's Winter Open Studio

Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2018, 10am to 5pm
16 Coalmine View
Portola Valley, CA

At Lee's Studio, 16 Coalmine View in Portola Valley
See map under CONTACT LEE
or by appointment, please call (650) 851-0295


International Ceramic Artists Association Symposium

May 1 to May 15, 2019

Ceramic Art Center
Yixing CHINA

Members from Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas will participate in lectures, studio work, and firings. I am pleased to be the North American Chair for this event.

Website: www.LeeMiddleman.com

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