About the artist: Eunhee Lee:

Sublime beauty is what comes to mind when viewing the ottchil artefacts of Eunhee Lee. Cups, boxes, small bowls with a lid, trays, plates, candlesticks and chopsticks designs, which are produced by traditional techniques , traversing 30 to 40 steps, are elegant and modern. The Seum series, which is a set of cups and coasters, sold out all items at the 2013 Maison & Objet in Paris, the world’s largest interior fair for home décor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture. Eunhee Lee, who has since been introduced through world-renowned exhibitions, is a ottchil craft artist, loved by designers and design enthusiasts transcending nationality. Eunhee Lee states that “because of the difficulty associated with handling ottchil, not everyone is allowed to enjoy the sublime tune of the ottchil process.” With dedication and perseverance Eunhee transitioned from an industrial/furniture designer to a lacquer painting craftsperson, creating her own unique design language. The persistence and sincerity of her process includes that she paints, dries and grinds over 30 times, exemplifying a singular aesthetics of patience, of waiting, that transforms her work from the ordinary to the extraordinary. As such she sets a beautiful example for young designers to emulate, to maintain a sense of balance between tradition and modernity.

Eunhee Lee has taught at several Art Universities for more than 20 years in the field of industrial design. Since 2003, she has been fascinated by traditional work of Ottchil and Najeonchilgi which led to her learning about and mastering these techniques.

In 2007, Eunhee established ‘gallery [o:n]’ and received a UNESCO’s Award for Excellence for Handcrafts in 2008. Her Seum series was registered on the Korean intellectual property list the following year. Her career as an educator and artist flourished and expanded globally. She has been invited to various lectures and workshop held at venues such as LA County Museum and USC Pacific Asia Museum in CA, The National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Ryadh and more. She has also been involved in world-renowned exhibitions and fairs including Maison & Objet in Paris, Museum fur Lackkunst in Munster and National Intangible Cultural Heritage Center in Korea.

Recently, her works have been designated as a “K-ribbon Selection” by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2019 and in 2020, which is a national recognition for excellent cultural works.

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Eunhee Lee majored in Industrial Design and graduated with a B.A. from Hongik University in 1980. In 1982, she secured an M.A, in Furniture Design from Hongik University Graduate School of Industrial Art. She has taught industrial design at several Art Universities for more than 20 years. Since 2003, she has been fascinated by traditional work of Ottchil and Najeonchilgi which led to her learning about and mastering these techniques.