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Sublimation of Art in Fire

Anna Zhong 2018-04-11 09:30

Poets use words to express their feelings while painters use ink. Dr. Naoko, a Chinese Australian ceramist, uses porcelains to voice her appreciation of life. As an artist who has lived at home and abroad, she has held exhibitions in many countries. Moreover, international hotels, transnational cooperations, as well as collectors have collected her works.

Her inspirations come from life and also integrate themselves into it. The ceramist said: “My conception and inspirations arise from surrounding humanity and scenery. They are my observation and thinking of changeful light and colours in the natural world. My works manifest my inner feeling of images and colours. ”

Traditional Chinese ink painting boasts aesthetical artistic conception while western art focuses on reality. Influenced by both cultures, she believes that artistic creation should take root in life and reflect the growth environment and cultural background of the artist. She views creation as a kind of lifestyle; therefore she takes great delight in art and creation.


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Australian colours leap on her porcelains. Colour matching is indeed challenging. However, it seems that there is no difficulty for this colour-obsessed master who can hold any vivid hue easily.  Set against pure-white kaoline, bright patterns magically interpret grandeur of mountains and great rivers as well as charm of small streams. The essence of 18K gold and platinum underscores its low-key but luxurious temperament.

In her works, Chinese elements keep surging up. She can easily involve inspiration of Chinese engraved doors and windows with porcelain panel paintings and porcelains for flower arrangement. She can also find inspirations from philosophy and ideas in the Book of Changes.

Dr. Naoko, taking porcelain art as her life, set up her studio in Jingdezhen, a paradise for exquisite Chinese porcelain art.  So far, she has lived there for 5 years and creation has helped her leave behind any trouble and unhappiness. She tends to express her real feelings through vitrolite and porcelains.  In her mind, as long as ceramic bodies are pulled into numerous forms and decorated by layers of glaze after taking shape by high fire in kilns, all efforts are worthwhile anyway. What she pursues is repeated practice, during which utmost patience can create perfection.


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Dr. Naoko obtained her Master of Arts at SCA and a Doctorate in Arts at RMIT, which allows her to expand and extend herself.  She learnt  “Chifangliu” school of ikebana as a little girl and later she learnt “Caoyueliu”. Nowadays, she doesn’t restrict herself in this flower-arranging technique. Instead, she combines all she has learnt and creates her own style. She aspires to combine porcelain art and flower-arranging art. Texture and forms matter a lot for a flower utensil. In her words, her forms of porcelains are not traditional anymore and are more modern and creative. Moreover, porcelain art is rendered richer by flower-arrangement. Styles of flower arranging, choices of colour matching as well as elements of flowers and plants and interpretation of flower languages determine the beauty of details. These two arts can be deemed as “married couples” that cannot live without each other.

Nowadays, she also creates lively animal-form porcelains such as chubby elephants and cute puppies besides colourful flowers and plants. These can be used as decoration and interesting flower-arranging vessels.


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She said that her happiness comes from the work in the 200-square-metre studio in Jingdezhen these years.  She marvels at the fact that craftsmen, generation after generation, concentrate on only one thing in this capital city of porcelain. They express their unhappiness and happiness in their crafts. And she is ready to do “one thing” all her life and this thing is her favourite of all – porcelain art.


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