A morning with Cliff Lee at the Block Museum of Art

Imagine for a moment that you attended medical school and became a Brain Surgeon. Now, imagine yourself turning to craft and becoming a ceramics artist with your work displayed in prominent institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, White House, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and the National Museum of American Art. Does that seem like an impossible journey? Not for the widely-exhibited and collected artist Cliff Lee.

Lee is known for works that mimic flowers, gourds and other natural forms and for recreating centuries-old Chinese glazes, including a rare yellow glaze used by the Ming dynasty that took Lee 17 years to reformulate.


Cliff Lee receiving his “Best of Show” Award at ACE 2011

If you’re curious to know what it took for Lee to make it big in the world of craft, you will want to join us this Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.  Lee will discuss his intricate porcelain pottery and meticulous artistic process at this FREE lecture which is being co-presented by the American Craft Exposition. A coffee reception will precede the lecture at 9 a.m.

The Block Museum is located at 40 Arts Circle Drive on the University’s Evanston campus. Free parking is available.


“Pond Study” by Lee

Visit blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-4000 for more information.


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