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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 collage of influences from East and West. I am interested in creating works where, within one piece, both cultures converse with one another not only through their traditions of material, form and craftsmanship, but also through their original cultural contexts. My current work elaborates 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.

HONORS & AWARDS
2018: Finalist(Awards will be announced at the opening), IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018 by the National Museum of Slovenia, Slovenia.

2017: Gold Prize, The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino by Japan Executive Committee, Japan.

2017: Selected, The 8th Annual 10x10x10xTieton by Tieton Arts and Humanities, Washington, USA.

2016: Selected, Competition of Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 2016 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 2013 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
2018(Upcoming): Artist-in-Residence, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Pref, Japan.

2017/Fall: Artist-in-Residence, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

1998/Fall: Apprenticeship Program, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, Philadelphia, USA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017: “East, West and In-Between", Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

2017: “Fly with Me”, Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, 2/F, Fong Sum Wood Library, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

1995: “Blue and White”, Solo Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada.

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2018(Upcoming): "IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018"(May 17 to Sep 30), Juried Exhibition by the National Museum of Slovenia, National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovennia.

2018(Upcoming): "The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino" Traveling Exhibition(Jun15 to Jul 8), Juried Exhibition by Japan Executive Committee, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan.

2017: "The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino", Juried Exhibition by Japan Executive Committee, Exhibition Hall, Ceramics Park Mino, Tajimi City, Japan.

2017: "The 8th Annual 10x10x10xTieton", Juried Exhibition by Tieton Arts and Humanities, Mighty Tieton Gallery, Washington, USA.

2016-2017: “Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 2016", 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.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2018(Upcoming): "The 3rd Contemporary Ceramics Art Exhibition"(Mar 30 to Apr 20), Invitational Exhibition by China Artists Association, Ucity Art Museum of GAFA(Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts), Guangzhou.

CURATING
2017: "Pass It On", Studio Practice Class Exhibition & Ceramics Experience Workshop, Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING(HIGHLIGHT)
2017/Fall: Visiting Lecturer, Studio Practice Course: Ceramic Art and Design, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

2001-2008: Creative Product Designer/Senior Product Development Specialist, Hallmark Cards, Hong Kong.

TALKS
2017: “East, West and In-Between”, Jonathan KS Choi Art Studio, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

2013: “The Book of Changes: Its Implication and Reflection In the Creation and Design of Ancient China”, The 5th IASDR Conference, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

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

CATALOGUES & PUBLICATIONS
2017: Tosetsu(Monthly Journal), No.776, November Issue, pgs. 68-71, The Japan Ceramic Society, Tokyo: Japan Publications Trading Co Ltd.

2017: Tosetsu(Monthly Journal), No.774, September Issue, pgs. 99-100, The Japan Ceramic Society, Tokyo: Japan Publications Trading Co Ltd.

2017: The 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan: Japan Executive Committee.

2016: Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 2016 Catalog, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art

2016: The 6th Taiwan International Gold Teapot Prizes Catalog, Taipei: WuShing Books Publication Co., Ltd.

2013: Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 2013 Catalog, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art.

2012: A Collection of Works for the 1st China Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition, Nanjing: Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing Ltd.

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

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

Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, NSCAD University, Canada.

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

COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan; Ceramics League of Taiwan, Taiwan; works in private collectors in Halifax & Toronto.