Two ‘meet the artist’ events at SCC

Posted on August 15, 2019 by Sonoma Valley Sun
Porcelain artist Joanne Lee

The Sonoma Community Center has a new ceramics Artist-in-Residence: Seong Weon ‘Joanne’ Lee, a graduate of two prestigious art schools known for hand thrown and carved porcelain vessels

Lee will be introduced to Sonoma with an Artist Talk, Throwing Demonstration and Potluck on August 15.  The potluck is at 6 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m, all in Studio 209. Free and family-friendly (suggested donation $10), the artist will share her story about work, life, and what it means to be a rising international artist in the world today.  

At the event, Lee will demonstrate her masterful throwing skills and answer questions, telling about her upcoming throwing class at the Center, beginning September 27. 

Lee is originally from South Korea but grew up in the U.S. She studied traditional Korean porcelain in her home country between her BFA and MFA programs at two of the top American avant-garde art schools.  

“Recently graduated with her Masters in Ceramics from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI), Joanne is bringing major talent to Sonoma’s art community for the next six months,” said Kala Stein, director of the SCC Ceramics and Arts Programs. “She was chosen from an impressively competitive field of applicants.

Stein, who recently returned from a sabbatical in Jingdezhen China (“the Porcelain Capital of the World), will present her own Show-and-Tell’ Artist Talk, on Monday, August. She will share images and significant cultural objects from her travels as well as new work she made during her residency.  

All are invited to attend this free event (suggested donation $10), at 10 a.m. in Gallery 212 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Spain St.

“Whether elbow-deep in clay, a collector of art, or driven by curiosity, all are invited to upcoming ceramics presentations,” Stein said. 

To learn more about the Center’s Arts Program, visit: or call (707) 938-4626 x1.


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