Behind The Brand

Vicky Wan

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Tell us a bit about yourself 

I’m Vicky from Hong Kong. My Ceramics journey started before my university life. For a long time ago , I have been making sake cups, tiny and sophisticated wares. And of course, there is still a long road for my lifetime in ceramics learning. Until now I’m still like a child who was impressed about how clay can be soft and hard at the same time. I enjoy being an introvert, travelling, camping, singing, spending time with family and friends.

What made you want to do art as a career?

When I feel lost and have nothing good to do, I find I make art which makes me proud and happy.

 Tell me about your ceramics?

Ceramics is a way of art that I felt comfortable and warm, so it would always be my first choice of medium to do art. As I believe art is the fragment of a person, in which people can reshape and reorganize, therefore, in most of the ceramics works, I like to discuss self, serendipity, and solitude, by making clay installations, it presents my thoughts and the new experiment to the audience. I like the relevance of porcelain-so down to earth for people to use as pottery and so high-end to make the material itself as the decoration and that is why I do both functional and non-functional works. For my functional ware, I am concerned about the sense of touch and how it fits our hand as well as the connection between other utensils.

What struggles have you faced when getting into the industry?

To be a ceramicist/ceramics maker, I sometimes get stuck in the question of should I make more functional ware rather than art piece? As I felt confused about being a craftsman or an artist. Especially in Hong Kong, such a High living index city, it is quite hard to make a living by making art, therefore, I need to take some tailor-made orders and hold some workshops to support my expenses in ceramics creation. So I keep asking myself what I am?


How did you get over them?

There are many of my good friends who are also doing ceramics, we support , we collaborate and we appreciate each other. I remember one of the friends told me whatever you made, even if it was not a piece of something, as long as you made it with your honest heart, it all represents you. Thanks for all the support and self-reflection, which helps me leave all the boundaries and definitions behind. So Just keep making new things whether it is ceramics or not!

Is any advice for others just getting started?

People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of. -Paulo Coelho. It’s not that you have to become a great person before you start, but you have to start to become a great person.

Do you have a favourite quote?

” When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ” I have read that quote from The Alchemist and I love it!

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