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Kwangho Lee, skin — lacquered copper

'Skin — lacquered copper' is the start of a long-term project. The aim of Skin is to try and revive old Korean crafts using modern techniques and applications.
The process involves using copper plates which are welded together to make different objects, once the parts are welded, the surface is sanded to aid the chil-bo (traditional korean enamel) to adhere to the copper surface. After it is put into a kiln where it is cooked at 770-780 degrees celsius for 4 - 5 hours. Once out unexpected effects are noticed such as the color transformation of the copper, the oxidized surface and the chil-bo coloring effect.

About Kwangho Lee

Kwangho Lee has always enjoyed making things with his hands, which comes from living with his grandparents in the countryside when he was little. He remembers watching his grandfather making all sorts of tools out of seemingly everyday things found in and around the house and nearby woods. The house was full of his grandfather's handcrafted inventions, and this became the inspiration for Lee's future work as an artist and designer. In remembrance of his grandfather (who passed away in 2005), Kwangho Lee began to find, look and approach things in the way his grandfather would have done, giving new meaning and function to everyday objects and materials.

Kwangho Lee was born in 1981 and grew up in the outskirts of Seoul, Korea. He majored in Metal Art & Design at Hongik University, and graduated in February 2007. He currently lives and works in Seoul.

tray, green

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side table, red

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side table IV, beige

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stool V, beige

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side table III, beige

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side table, black I

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stool II, black

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side table, red

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chair, blue

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