Vasefinder Nationals 2009
Exhibitor 43

Susan Ting

Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Title: Harmony

Year of Creation: 2008

Glaze: Buckwheat glaze reduction fired to cone 10

Clay Body: Porcelain

Dimensions: Height 11.5 inches, Width 4.25 inches

Artist's Statement: Thirty years ago when I first laid my hands on clay, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Porcelain is definitely the medium I love-the feel of the clay, the whiteness and gracefulness of the finished piece. Once I began to carve, I knew that was my calling that connected me to my Asian heritage. The carving and cutting through of the pots were definite challenges. I focused for over 10 years on double-layered pots with a gingko leaf motif, ranging from containers to teapots. Later, I added distortion and carving on bowls, plates and vases. Each piece was unique. Over the years, this took a toll on my wrist. Lately, I discovered carving geometric designs was easier on my hand but also gave me joy.

My work has been juried into the Arts and Crafts Guild Exhibit in Wheeling, WV, and into the WV Juried Exhibition in Charleston, WV, and into several solo exhibits. I believe that art: both the appreciation of it and the creation of it is essential to the well-lived life.

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