For her Translated Vase sculptures Yee gathers discarded shards from master ceramicists to create new forms. The sculptures incorporate the traditionally-made highly-prized porcelain into awkward forms that seem strangely human, fused together with precious gold leaf. The use of gold leaf is a pun on the Korean term geum meaning both gold and split. Yee's constructions fuse centuries of Far Eastern ceramic tradition (and by implication, centuries of separation) with 20th-century European Modernism's bricolage technique of assembling found materials.