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.
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.