Jiyong Lee earned his MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, in 2001, and he taught four years at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a Visiting Assistant Professor since 2001. Lee was born and raised in Korea where he received a BFA in Ceramics Design from Hong-ik University. In 2005, he received the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society. He also received the Saxe Award in 2004 for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant from Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA. He was selected in the New Glass Review 24 and selected in several international competitions. He gave lectures and demonstrations as a Visiting Artist in many places including the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, Penland School of Crafts, and Kook-Min University, Seoul, Korea. His recent efforts include organizing a Korean Glass Exhibition in conjunction with the GAS Conference in Corning 2001 and Seattle 2003.
The master’s program at RIT required a sculptural approach to material and an emphasis on professionalism as an individual artist. His graduate study was an intensive exploration of new ways to approach ideas and glass media. Previous to his MFA his undergraduate program in Korea required a very strong design ability and craftsmanship based on long tradition of Korean ceramics and the modern Bauhaus ideas to educate individual studio craft artists. His education in both Korea and the United States represents two different cultural perspectives that have prepared him to educate students who come from diverse backgrounds. Having his feet in both cultures has also broadened his personal aesthetics and appreciation for different ways of thinking. He specializes in cold-working and kiln-forming processes. He has been working with many renowned Eastern European artists, including Zoltan Bohus, Jiri Harcuba, and Martin Rosol at The Studio of the Corning Museum of the Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. In the summer of 2005 he assisted the Australian glass artist, Kirstie Rea’s class at Pilchuck Glass School.