Full disclosure: we’re no longer of this Earth. Our world now revolves around these stunning Red Sun Vases, the debut edition from ceramic artist Kyle Scott Lee (aka @ceramicmeltdown). We’ve been lusting after Lee’s work for what feels like ages, so we kind of lost our minds when he dreamed up these limited-edition vessels and handmade each one right on time for holiday gifting—and what a gorgeous gift they’d make! A Red Sun Vase is something you give to someone special, someone who waxes poetic about their favorite pottery pieces, or someone with terribly good taste. Maybe that someone is yourself (you do have top-notch taste). No matter who you’re shopping for, just make sure you collect your Red Sun Vase right away. There are only 30 available, and if you order by midnight on 12/10 we can ship it out ASAP for delivery on or before 12/24.
In his 15 years as a ceramicist, Lee has become known for his hand-painting and striking surface treatments, pairing traditional shapes with vibrant punches of color and an eye for abstraction. Looking at his work, you might see signs of his past life as a painter. In his Red Sun Vases you’ll also identify a reference to the red sun as it appears in Japanese art, and perhaps a nod to another Japanese aesthetic: wabi-sabi and the beauty in imperfection.
Each Red Sun Vase is actually one-of-a-kind, ranging from about 6”-9” high and 3”-5” wide. We’ll send them out at random, but rest assured they’re all equally amazing. Their silhouettes and glazes vary slightly, but every vase has the same rich, dark swath beneath a pale gray layer with the prettiest pinhole texture. And of course each is electrified by an abstract, central strike of crimson—a passionate, glossy affirmation vibrating against a more muted, matte background.
There’s a real sense of experience that radiates from Lee’s work, and that's no surprise. Over his career, he's studied at studios all across New York City, exhibited widely, taught at numerous institutions, and created pieces for design world retailers like Paul Smith and West Elm. He’s a founding and active member of BKLN CLAY, a state-of-the-art ceramics studio in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood (where Lee himself lives). He’s also the first recipient of the BKLYN CLAY Artist Residency, a program dedicated to supporting and amplifying the artistic vision and work of BIPOC artists. And folks, he’s just getting started. Scoop up a Red Sun Vase while his art’s in our orbit.
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