For this week’s “Designer’s Pick” we've chosen to introduce a beautiful collection of ceramics designed by Picasso. Picasso loved the art of pottery, so much so that he named his son Claude after the patron saint of potters. Taking up the craft as a means of experimenting with a new artistic medium, the design process was seen as a challenge and way for Picasso to express his artistic passion. He painted an array of pieces, from plates to vases, which were often built up by molding, gouging and framing the clay while it was still pliable.

Stashed away, Picasso kept most of the works of art for his own private collection, which were later passed down to his heirs. For this reason, the ceramic pieces were often overlooked and undervalued. The collection has only started to gain popularity over the past twenty years, and today it consists of thousands of unique works. Take a look at a selected few pieces.

Cliff Lee - Porcelain Pottery

I came across a piece of Cliff Lee’s work while traveling and was instantly drawn in by the sensual shapes and delicate details that are strongly influenced by his family's Asian roots. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1951, Lee moved to the United States in 1968 to attend the college where he earned a degree in biology and went on to specialize in neurosurgery.  Lee took his first ceramic class as a way to relieve some of the stress brought on by his demanding career. As the weekend activity slowly began to evolve into a deeper passion he enrolled in a ceramic class at the University of James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

In 1993, President Clinton invited Lee to showcase his vases with the White House Collection of American Crafts that was set to tour the country. Today his pieces can be found in the Renwick Gallery, Mint Museum of Craft and Design and Racine Art Museum as well as the White House Collection of American Craft.

Lee currently lives in Pennsylvania where he now spends most of his time in the pottery studio creating works of art with rich detailing, character and a sense of history.