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Dani Sujin Studio | Celebrating Friendship and Craftsmanship

Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - cluster of hand form vases not yet fired

In the realm of art and craftsmanship, there are rare moments where friendship, passion, and creativity intertwine to create something truly special. Our collaboration with ceramic artist Dani Sujin Lee is one such moment—a heartfelt celebration of talent, friendship and the journey of growth.

Dani Suji Lee of Dani Sujin Studio at her studio hand building mini group vases

Dani, a dear friend and former team member of Nalata Nalata, has blossomed from a talented gallerist to a skilled artist in ceramics. Her journey, marked by an unwavering passion for handcrafts, has been nothing short of inspiring. From her early days with us as an Assistant Gallery Manager to pursuing a Master’s in Ceramics at London’s Royal College of Art, Dani has always exemplified the essence of creativity and dedication.

During her time with us, Dani’s love with ceramics flourished. Balancing her role at the gallery with her personal passion, she would spend her spare moments sculpting vases and vessels—a labor of love that she generously shared with us. One such creation, a pair of mini moon vases, holds a cherished place in our own home, serving as a reminder of Dani’s artistry and symbolizing our relationship as a couple.

Dani Suji Lee of Dani Sujin Studio at her studio hand building mini group vases close up
Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - cluster of hand form vases not yet fired

Inspired by Dani’s talent and our enduring friendship, we embarked on a collaboration with this concept in mind—a series of hand-built miniature vase groups that embody the essence of human connection in abstract ways. Each vase, whether grouped as a Duo, Trio, Quad, or Quint, interplays with form and colour, weaving a narrative of harmony and togetherness.

Dani Suji Lee of Dani Sujin Studio at her studio hand building mini group vases close up
Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata paper hanji collage of mini vase ideas in a sketchbook

As Nalata Nalata approaches its ten-year anniversary, we find it imperative to bridge the gap between revered artisans and emerging talents like Dani. Our collaboration not only pays homage to our longstanding relationship but also paves the way for the future of craft culture, nurturing a new generation of artists and innovators.

Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - cluster of hand form vases not yet fired with tools in the foreground
Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - examples of glaze in off white and oribe green

Before Dani’s departure to London, we had the privilege of visiting her studio—a space brimming with creativity. Immersed in her process, we witnessed the source of ideas, inspiration, and the meticulous craftsmanship that defines Dani’s work. From selecting specialty glazes to shaping each vessel with care, every step was infused with purpose.

Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - cluster of hand form vases not yet fired
Dani Suji Lee of Dani Sujin Studio at her studio hand building mini group vases

In a candid conversation, Dani shared insights into her creative process. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she ventured to New York to study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. It was during her junior year that ceramics captured her heart—a medium that spoke to her Korean heritage and deep connection to the land. Describing her ceramics style as delicate, natural, and nostalgic, Dani draws inspiration from the silhouettes of pottery from the Joseon Dynasty, infusing her work with personal stories and memories. Her love for crafting vases stems from a reverence for nature and the changing seasons—a ritual that breathes life into her home. Through her work, she seeks to create shared experiences, inviting others to connect with her art on a deeper, emotional level.

Dani Sujin Lee Studio x Nalata Nalata Mini Group Vase Collaboration - Quad cluster of hand formed vases in off white, brown and oribe green

As Dani’s story unfolds, we are reminded of the power of relationships and fresh creativity to transcend pre-existing boundaries. We hope you enjoy our collaboration dedicated to the beauty of handmade craftsmanship and meaningful connections.

Mini Vase Sets can be found here.

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Angélique Chmielewski

April 27, 2024

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Mini Vase Set - Duo I (OUT OF STOCK)
Mini Vase Set - Duo I (OUT OF STOCK)

Mini Vase Set - Duo I (OUT OF STOCK)

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Duo I Mini Vase Set. It's been a verdant venture finding the other half, and ever since we matched, there has never been a greener scene.  

$80
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Mini Vase Set - Duo II (OUT OF STOCK)
Mini Vase Set - Duo II (OUT OF STOCK)

Mini Vase Set - Duo II (OUT OF STOCK)

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Duo II Mini Vase Set. Our love has been crystalized in stone, we make the perfect pair. One's short, the other tall, together we stand, never to fall!  

$80
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Mini Vase Set - Trio I
Mini Vase Set - Trio I

Mini Vase Set - Trio I

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Trio I Mini Vase Set. Each a different tone, we're pure, pristine, and perfectly poised, yet bold, boisterous, and delicate. Despite our differences, we blend like a symphony, holding real flowers to bloom in unison.  

$115
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Mini Vase Set - Trio II
Mini Vase Set - Trio II

Mini Vase Set - Trio II

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Trio II Mini Vase Set. Some call us the Three Vooges, others call us Moe, Larry and Pearly. Our antics are crafted for joy and laughter, yet never in need of a re-vase.  

$115
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Mini Vase Set - Quad (OUT OF STOCK)
Mini Vase Set - Quad (OUT OF STOCK)

Mini Vase Set - Quad (OUT OF STOCK)

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Quad Mini Vase Set. Have you ever seen such a four-midable feat? Fitting together like pieces of a puzzle, grooving to the same beat, and always lending each other support to get through the heat.  

$145
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Mini Vase Set - Quint (OUT OF STOCK)
Mini Vase Set - Quint (OUT OF STOCK)

Mini Vase Set - Quint (OUT OF STOCK)

Dani Sujin Studio for Nalata Nalata

  I am a Quint Mini Vase Set. Each a little different, we may seem like a quirky bunch. But once we hit the right tone, we're an unstoppable band.  

$180
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