Wild Thoughts and Bowls

“Karma-The First Blood” by Johnson Tsang. Copyright © Johnson Tsang

The expression of movement is always a challenge for those of us who work with the sculptural form – but when an artist transcends the grounded physicality of the medium, the result can be one of awe and surprise.

Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang is a Hong Kong sculptor specializing in ceramics, stainless steel sculpture and public art. Much of Tsang’s artwork artfully combines realist sculptural techniques with surrealist imagination, often integrating human beings and objects together into fascinating creative themes.

Tsang’s work literally explodes, making the viewer believe the piece is actually in motion, as the mind fills in the gaps and continues the movement mentally. The artist especially enjoys taking simple, everyday cups and plates and pushing the boundaries of their form and function.

“Clay is a wonderful medium for me to realize my imagination and wild thoughts about a bowl, an utensil that we use every day,” says Tsang of his newest work.

“A Splash of Wonder” by Johnson Tsang. Porcelain, Copyright © Johnson Tsang

Tsang brings excitement to familiar forms. “Let pottery unleash your creativity!” he advises his students who attend his workshops.

“Life Time Partner” By Johnson Tsang. Porcelain. Copyright © Johnson Tsang

To Tsang, the possibility of form is endless. Many of the works are thrown on the wheel, then modeled into their own uniqueness.

“Splash” by Johnson Tsang. Porcelain. Copyright © Johnson Tsang

Yuanyang II, below, is re-creation of a similar piece that suffered a tiny fracture in the making…..

“Yuanyang II” by Johnson Tsang. Porcelain. Copyright © Johnson Tsan

Having seen the original, “Yuanyang I”, Tsang’s students couldn’t understand why he would take the time and trouble to re-create the same piece, just because of a tiny fracture. “The answer is that the tiny fracture gave me an excuse to repeat something that I truly enjoyed doing and to re-experience the pleasure of it,” says Tsang. “Even more important, I knew there was room for improvement, and I didn’t want to let a really good idea go to waste. In my view, time spent making art is never wasted.”

I find that impressive, the willingness to keep working at a piece, re-creating it until the intended result is achieved. Passion and perseverance are what makes a good talent great.

Johnson Tsang’s artwork can be viewed at: Pottery Farm HK

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Serena Kovalosky
is the founder and CEO of Artful Vagabond Productions LLC, specializing in cultural projects and film production for the arts. Kovalosky is also a professional sculptural artist and curator.

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