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

4th Clay & Glass Biennial Exhibition

July 22 to September 15, 2017

City of Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA

A piece of Lee's new series, Winter Ridge, was selected for the new international ceramic art competition for 2017. 

Sponsored by the City of Brea and the Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California, this juried show includes selected works from United States artists and international artists. The juror is Suzanne Isken, the Executive Director of the Crafty and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Ink & Clay 34 Exhibition

September 16 to  October 26, 2017

Kellogg University Art Gallery
Cal Poly Ponoma, 3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomoma, CA

Two of Lee's pieces have been accepted in this year's INK & CLAY 43 Exhibition.  Winter Ridge is a decorative functional vase, while Cosmic Eggs is a slip-cast sculpture.

International (CHINA, Chengcheng) Yaotou Kiln Ceramics Art Festival

September 23 to October 5, 2017
Workshop in Chengcheng, CHINA, home of Yaotou kiln ceramics.

10 foreign artists and 10 Chinese artists will work together.

International Celadon Exhibition

November 13 to December 8, 2017
Huamao Art Museum, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, CHINA.

Chinese artists from around China and their foreign counterparts will be showcasing their celadon works. Founded in 2008, the Huamao Art Museum is the largest non-profit private art museum in China.

Lee's Winter Open Studio

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017, 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

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.

Website: www.LeeMiddleman.com

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