The Artist

Mandy´s take on ceramics is a reflection of her Chinese heritage combined with a London grace and identity. Much of her work is inspired by the ancient rituals, history and wisdom of Asian culture.  Through her interaction with clay, she continues to uphold principles, influence and techniques from Asian philosophy, culture and practice to communicate her identity and purpose with ceramics into the context of modern day living and aesthetic.

Clay Story

Mandy discovered her curiosity for ceramics during a period of extensive travelling in 2017. Starting with an artist residency in Jingdezhen – the porcelain capital of China – she immersed herself in clay in all its entirety: with the material, as an art, in it´s history as well as its cultural context. Inspired, her journey continued to Japan where she had the privilege to practice intensively under the tutelage of a twelfth generation master potter learning ceramics the Japanese way.

By and large, most of her work is made to honour of one of the three pillars of Asian culture: the ceremonial rituals of tea (cha-do), incense (koh-do), and flowers (ikebana). By engaging her audience in this way, Mandy hopes to revive an appreciation and recognition that goes beyond the world of art, aesthetics and design, but to also inspire modern day lifestyle, thinking and well-being.

With work made in Japan, Hong Kong, Jingdezhen, Berlin and London, Mandy is currently based between London and Palma de Mallorca, where she continues to develop her and expand her artistic aspirations.

Ceramics Vision

“My wish is for my work to be shared and admired not only as beautiful objects, but for bringing in an extra dimension to people’s lives whether it´s through knowledge or the inspiration to create a more harmonious style of living.

I like to think that my pieces can offer each individual a journey or experience of some form; via the senses, upon function, from its history or even through cultural practice. I intend to revive concepts such as Zen style, philosophy and living with the representation and utilization of my work.”

Artist Philosophy

Mandy endeavours in the possibility of bestowing a second life to broken or damaged pieces alongside an ongoing practice with kintsugi, the art of repair and restoration with gold. By upholding the longevity of a piece of art and promoting a  sustainable outlook, the philosophy has taught Mandy the beauty in embracing accidents and imperfections.

“Working with clay has taught me two key things: patience and to let go. Breaking and losing work is a regular, integral and humbling part of the creative process, teaching me to adjust my expectations and to not get too attached.

The quote below serves as a great reminder for me as an artist, resonating with my creative outlook, ceramics practice and also how to approach my personal life…”

 

“SHE HAS BUT DOESN´T POSSESS,
ACTS BUT DOESN´T EXPECT.
WHEN HER WORK IS DONE, SHE FORGETS IT.
THAT IS WHY IT LASTS FOREVER.”

(TAO TE CHING)