My ceramic designs are about the synthesis of form and painting. I am inspired by the interplay of color, light, pattern and texture in the changing seasons. The influences of landscape, nature and architecture permeate through my work. I am focused on material and details, color and light, balancing traditional and modern elements, symmetry and asymmetry, organic and geometric lines.
My vessels are wheel thrown, altered and assembled components. They are canvases for mono printing and mark making with calligraphic brushwork in layers of colored slips, stains and glazes.
Craft is important for connecting the human spirit from the creation of the object to its usage.
2023 Washington Ceramic Guild Excellence in Ceramic Award at the 34th Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibition.
Thank you distinguished jurors: Jaimianne Jacobin (Executive Director of the James Renwick Alliance for Craft, Executive Officer for the Creative Crafts Council, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Arts Council, and owner of The Gray Gallery)
Lynda Smith-Bugge (Wood artist, Project Coordinator at the Zenith Community Arts Foundation)
April Wood (Metalsmith, sculptor, and jeweler. Co-founder of the community arts education space the Baltimore Jewelry Center)
2022 Ceramics Award at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond 58th Annual Craft + Design Show
Thank you distinguished panel of judges Alexis Assam (VMFA’s Regenia A. Perry Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art), Dr Carmenita Higginbotham (Dean of the VCU School of Fine Arts) and Dr Karen Sherry (VMHC’s Museum Collections Curator).
The ceramics award is sponsored by Shockoe Bottom Clay.
Born and raised in Singapore, I received my BFA and Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore. The highlight of my career in architecture was in developing spatial design concepts, researching building materials and designing construction details with design teams. While working in Tokyo, I greatly admired contemporary and traditional pottery in museums and galleries. Increasingly, I felt drawn to focus my creative journey on a craft that I can design in an intimate scale. I began my journey in clay at Kasumi Katagiri's pottery studio in Bangkok. Moving to Maryland, I joined the Glen Echo Pottery community. I am immensely thankful for the creative support and inspiration. Clay Elements is a one-woman proprietorship featuring functional and sculptural ceramics. My family of four and rescue dog reside in Bethesda, Maryland.