During our short time visiting and meeting with artists in Jingdezhen, we were fortunate enough to be invited to many of their homes and studios. There were several that had something in common: an almost collage-style portrait made from cut out Japanese paper, but with a more modern, western aesthetic.
It was only later that day that we put 2 and 2 together. We discovered the same portrait, but this time with several in-progress pieces nearby. Although our intention was to look at teaware and drink some aged raw puer, we happened to be visiting the artist who makes these portraits. More than simply passion projects, she receives commissions for them from all over China.
Like so many of the artists in Jingdezhen, ceramics wasn’t necessarily her first medium. She initially studied graphic design in Melbourne, forging a strong personal style before delving into ceramics. In contrast to her collage-portraits, much of her teaware and dinnerware features more muted and subtle colours, but still with a focus on the lines and shapes.