|Location||Netherlands / Oisterwijk|
|Residency||The European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC)|
|Year of the Grant||2019|
In 2019, during the 3-month residency at EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre) located in Oisterwijk, Netherlands, I felt like I am a gardener who is growing and taking care of plants when creating. I tried to combine origami and clay. With that, I started the "Origami Flowers" experiment. In the experiment, I applied the mathematical principles of origami into pinch pottery and made them into a new geometric figure.
The clay insects and foxes occasionally appear in the studio. It changed variously like a sequence of numbers on Sunday morning from snowflakes to rainbows in the rain. The four seasons of the garden just cycled in this white space.
It is all new to me as a novelty pottery artist to watch people working at the EKWC site, whether pounding the clay, mixing glaze or kiln. All memories that made of this place are carved into every clay. Somehow it is confusing whether we shaped the clay or the clay shaped us.
When I hung up a ceramic leaf on the wall, I felt I turn a new page of the world and accidentally put a sentence on the wall. Later, I tried to complete the sentence, hoping that these elements' collection could become the beginning of a story. I used the flower as a media to cooperate with artists from various countries, called "Ideas in Bloom" project so that each flower becomes seeds to spread out creativity.