From Jeonju, South Korea, to the Imperial Ancestral Temple of the Forbidden City in Beijing, Lee Middleman's pots get around. This weekend, the Portola Valley-based ceramic artist opens the doors of his studio to the public.
Known for his use of complex textures, rich glazes and experimental firing techniques, Middleman has established himself as a respected ceramic artist both in the States and abroad; his works are included in the permanent collections of museums from India to Turkey to Japan. The artist also has an interesting back story: Prior to devoting himself to ceramic art, Middleman earned his doctoral degree in physics at Stanford University and spent many years in the high-tech industry.
Those who venture into the hills above Portola Valley this Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 12-13, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will discover a wide selection of works that share an earthy palette and a distinctly Asian aesthetic. The pieces range from round, stippled bowls reminiscent of urchin shells to elegant vases bearing swirling patterns to vessels with bark-like surfaces and perforated lids.
Middleman's studio is located at 16 Coalmine View, Portola Valley. To learn more about the artist, go to leemiddleman.com or call 650-851-0295.