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.
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)
Based in Maryland, I make functional and sculptural pottery influenced by nature, art and architecture. My ceramic vessels are a synthesis of form and painting, inspired by the interplay of color, light, pattern and texture in the changing seasons. Each creation evolves with a focus on material and details, color and light, balancing traditional and modern elements, symmetry and asymmetry, organic and geometric lines. The 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. Artist Bio Born in Singapore, I received my BFA and Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore. While living and working in Tokyo, I greatly admired contemporary and traditional pottery in museums and galleries. Increasingly, I felt drawn to focus my creative journey in a craft that connects the human spirit from its making through its usage. 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 of my family and friends. My family of four and rescue dog reside in Bethesda, Maryland.