Name & Concept of Artwork 作品名稱與設計理念
Concept of artwork 設計理念:
If I could send my regards into the universe through porcelain, I would choose this tea set to celebrate the scientific knowledge passed down through generations of humans who worked with plant medicines and porcelain ceramic vessels. This tea set represents the vitality humans have harnessed from the Earth in the form of herbal tea. The surface is painted with vibrant green foliage emerging from the dark void of space, symbolizing our Earth.
Teapot: 15.25 x 21.5 x 15.25 cm Honeypot: 12.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm Cups (4): 7.5 x 11.5 x 7.5 cm Porcelain painted with colored underglazes on the exterior. Pale green transparent glossy glaze inside, glossy transparent clear glaze exterior. Beauty can carry us through the darkest of times. Beauty provides a pleasurable emotion which overwhelms, gives us hope, and causes us to focus our attention. It is necessary, not frivolous, to seek such experiences and hold onto objects which evoke those moments. Beauty creates a transformative feeling which gives one’s life deeper meaning. I find beauty in nature, particularly in plants, and am fascinated by medicinal herbology and the cross-cultural history of utilizing plants as medicine. I decorate each pot with abstracted botanical imagery as an homage to my sentiments about beauty and my identity as a participant in these traditions. Similar to the magnificence of nature on Earth, the idea of space exploration instills in us a sense of wonder and hope for the future. Making pottery, working with herbs, space exploration... all of these endeavors are science, the application of human knowledge and experience across generations and cultures.
Senior Tutor Research of Royal College of Art
向勇 Yong Xiang
Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
Vice Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University
Director of the Ceramic Research Center in Hongik University