Living on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, I have been greatly inspired by my natural surroundings and multi-cultural society. It is a land full of interesting shapes and organisms, which extend out into the food, arts and crafts. Strongly influenced by the East Asian aesthetic and the beauty of imperfection, I am passionate about exploring form and texture on the clay body. Making structural or abstract shapes that are thrown or hand-built out of coils and slabs, I strive to create timeless work that goes beyond just functional ware. By merging old and new, or folk art sensibilities with the contemporary, I hope my work evokes a story and connects to people in an intimate way.
Born in Taiwan and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, my love for travel, culture, and artistic expression has taken me on many adventures. Although I developed a passion for ceramics as a teenager, by the time I was twenty I was pursuing scene design for film and theater, which led to a Master of fine arts degree. For ten years during and after my schooling, I worked in these industries in New York and San Francisco.
City life and country living have shaped my wider perspective, and I feel fortunate to have experienced both worlds. In China and Hong Kong, I spent a few years working in product development for giftware and home decor. Urban living had a great impact on me: I changed my lifestyle in 2006 and moved to the countryside! Working for a small tea company in New England, I was able to travel to tea-growing regions in Asia, which deepened my understanding of tea culture.
Having lived in Hawai‘i periodically in the past, I always wanted to return. I am fascinated by the hybrid Asian melting pot that co-exists with the native Hawaiians. The complexities of this cultural fabric woven into the land has deepened my creative exploration with clay. Shortly after moving to the Big Island in 2010, I stumbled upon a student pottery sale that inspired me to take up the craft again. Getting my hands back into clay was like having a long lost love rekindled. I decided to pursue ceramics more seriously in 2015 after being accepted for a one year apprenticeship in Japan with master potter Ken Matsuzaki. The experience left a deep impression on me and had a profound effect on my work.