Profile

I love to experiment with clay because it allows me to express my creativity in a tangible manner. The primary material of my work is porcelain. I fell in love for its pure fineness, translucency and strength, but still struggle to embrace its brittleness and lack of plasticity. However, this challenging nature yet somehow leads me to see the reality of surprises, failures, frustrations, excitements and enjoyments of life as a ceramic artist.

ARTIST STATEMENT
If art is a reflection of the creator, then my work is a visual collages of influences from East and West. I am interested to create works where both cultures within a piece not only converse with one another through their traditions of material, form and craftsmanship, but also through their original cultural contexts. I attempt to create an orchestra of East and West in my work and wish to present the unity, harmony, or sometimes tension of both cultures in a visual appeal. My current work is to elaborate the local culture and craft traditions of Chinese pottery with a modernist and contemporary sense of design. In addition, my interest is to review our culture with my work and to put them into a new context in a creative way.

RESEARCH INTEREST
Design & Cultural Identity, Critical Design & Cultural Studies, Contemporary Arts & Crafts in Asia.

EDUCATION
Doctoral Degree in Art Theory, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Master Degree in Design Management & Innovation, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art, NSCAD University, Canada.

HONORS & AWARDS
2017 - Honorable Mention, The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino by Japan Executive Committee, Japan.

2017 - Selected (Final awards to be released on Aug 12), The 8th Annual 10x10x10xTieton by Tieton Arts and Humanities, Washington, U.S.A.

2016 - Finalist, Competition of Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong.

2016 - Honorable Mention, The 6th Taiwan International Gold Teapot Prizes by Ceramics League of Taiwan, Taiwan.

2013 - Prize of Excellence, Competition of Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong.

2013 - Selected, The 5th World Conference on Design Research Proceeding by IASDR, Japan.

2012 - Selected, The 1st China Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition by China Artists Association, Beijing.

GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
2017 - (Upcoming) Artist In Residence (Fall), Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

1998 - The Apprenticeship Program, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, Philadelphia, USA.

EXHIBITIONS
2017 - (Upcoming) “East, West And In-Between” (December), Solo Invitation Exhibition, Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

2017 - (Upcoming) "The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino" (Sep 15 to Oct 22), Juried Exhibition by Japan Executive Committee, Exhibition Hall, Ceramics Park Mino, Japan.

2017 - (Upcoming) "The 8th Annual 10x10x10xTieton" (Aug 12 to Oct 8), Juried Exhibition by Tieton Arts and Humanities, Mighty Tieton Gallery, Washington, U.S.A.

2016 - (Current) “Tea Ware By Hong Kong Potters 2016” (Dec 7, 2016 to Nov 6, 2017), Juried Exhibition by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong.

2016 - “The 6th Taiwan International Gold Teapot Prizes”, Juried Exhibition by Ceramics League of Taiwan, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.

2013 - “Tea Ware By Hong Kong Potters 2013”, Juried Exhibition by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong.

2012 - “The 1st China Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Juried Exhibition by China Artists Association, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing.

1996 - “35th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition”, Juried Exhibition by Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Organisation, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada.

1995 - “Blue And White”, Solo Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada.

TEACHING
2017 - (Upcoming) Studio Practice (Fall), Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

TALKS
2017 - (Upcoming) “East, West And In-Between: A Culture-Based Strategy for Innovation”(October 26), Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

2013 - “The Book Of Changes: Its Implication And Reflection In The Creation And Design Of Ancient China”, The 5th World Conference on Design Research Proceeding by IASDR, Japan.

2013 - "The Design Philosophy Of Franz Ceramics", The 329th Doctoral Student Forum by Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

COLLECTIONS
Ceramics League of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan.

Private Collectors in Toronto & Halifax, Canada.