I have been working on clay since 1981. I am now teaching ceramics at Sunnyvale Community Center & Higher Fire Clay Studio In downtown San Jose. For more info visit www.mypots.net
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My work has been strongly influenced by traditional vessel forms, particularly early Chinese objects. Bronzes from the Shang and Zhou periods and pottery from the Sung dynasty have provided me with several thousand years of culture resource for my creativity. Also, the freedom and spontaneous of making pots which I learned from the American contemporary ceramics broadened my view. I like to integrate culture influences into my work using contemporary concept and techniques.
Most of my pots were made on a potter’s wheel. After the pieces were formed, they were then pinched, punched, torn, or squeezed. I like the organic looking of the clay forms. Spraying glaze and reduction fired is the usual process that I used. I don’t apply many fancy glazes on my work. The dry glaze and reduction fire matched the texture naturally. I like to make strong forms that need no embellishment. To me, the forms express themselves strongly, and more importantly the process of making pots itself is the most enjoyable thing.