Saturday, June 13, 2009

Anthropomorphism Of A Teapot

In my opinion, the reputation of ceramic art has not been excepted as mainstream, high valued art. Each piece is hand thrown and fired, with unexpected results, therefore, each piece of ceramic is unique by nature. From my previous posting of Kevin Nguyen (ceramic artist) and Shao Ting-Ju (fine artist), I hope I would convince most that ceramic art should be highly respected and honored for their skills and their visions.

I would like to introduce Fong Choo, who is an award winning and internationally known artist for his miniature teapots. He has been focusing on his art for over 10 years, as he continues to explore the challenges with vast new discoveries. Some experts claim his style is similar to the Yixing style of teapots.

Fong emphasizes on the different aspect of each parts to put together a teapot, the body, neck, shoulder, belly, foot... all elements which is symbolic to the human characteristics which Fong finds fascinating. He expresses the difficulty in the challenges as he has lost many ceramic pieces by trial and error, for every step is part of the learning process.

Fong Choo is a professor and an artist at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He has put together 4 volumes on YouTube describing his process in ceramic. I would like to share with you Fong's quote which I will cherish, "Talent is not a prerequisite. Creativity is learning how to see."

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