Lee Middleman creates highly textured, organic surfaces on classic forms. Although functional, his work is often prized as decorative. His studio and gallery are in Portola Valley
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I throw classic forms and use surface textures to give them energy and vitality, resulting in art that is both pleasing and alive. I seek to create patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness as found in Nature. 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. Although my work is functional, it is often prized as decorative.

• 2018 Abant Izzet Baysal University Ceramic Museum, Bolu, Turkey
• 2018 National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
• 2017 Chengcheng Museum, Weinan, Shaanxi, China
• 2017 Art Ichol, Maihar, India
• 2015 Chinese Culture Industry Promotion Association, Beijing, China
• 2015 Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China
• 2015, 2017 & 2019 Kaihong Art Communication Center, Yixing, China
Additional pieces are in 18 national and international museum collections.

Current Work
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Winter Diamond Rings
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Tri-Red Globe, 10" tall
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Oribe SunFlower, 10" x 10" x 6" h
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Jade Crackle Vase, 8" tall
Work image 3
Stone Globe Vases - Jade, Ruby, Midnight
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Jade Abora Vase, 12-1/2" x 7" x 3-1/2"
Websites and Social Media
Upcoming Events

Lee's Spring Open Studio

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2020, 10am to 5pm

At Lee's Studio, 16 Coalmine View in Portola Valley

See map under CONTACT LEE or by appointment, please call (650) 851-0295 

Two New Members Exhibition - International Academy of Ceramics

July & August, 2020 
Arctic Ceramic Center, Finland

October, 2020
Guozhong Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China


ACGA Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto

July 11 & 12, 2020, 10am to 5:00 pm
Palo Alto Art Center
, 1313 Newell Rd,
Palo Alto, CA
The prestigious and popular 27th 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 140 juried artists offering their work.

International Academy of Ceramics Congress

July 27 to 31, 2020

Rovaniemi, Finland

International Ceramic Artists Forum

October 1 to 15, 2020

Li ZiYuan Art Ceramic Center

General Info
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16 Coalmine View
Portola Valley
Studio Address
Use main address for studio
16 Coalmine View
Portola Valley
United States
Phone Contact
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Serving on the Board of Directors
Festival Committee