Sue Chiu 黃雪香
Being always enjoying various forms of artistic expression, I took my first ceramic course at Mercer County Community College almost 30 years ago. I loved working with clay so much and decided I would pursue pottery making as my retirement hobby. Since my retirement in 1998 I have been wholeheartedly enjoying my pottery making. Now this hobby has become my passion. There seems to have this inner drive which constantly inspires me to fulfill my creation.
My culture and educational background—Japanese, Taiwanese, and American, provide me with wider vision and richer artistic expression. My goal is to make objects, functional or non-functional, traditional or modern, turning out to be a beautiful piece of art.
Stephen Covey’s principle –“ beginning with the end in mind” – could apply to my working philosophy. For all of my work, it could be wheel-thrown, altered, or hand-construction of slab or coil, I begin by visualizing what the finished object will look like, including its size, shape, texture/surface decoration, and color. I then work toward this vision to achieve the preconceived end product. Applying this discipline to my artistry not only provides me with challenge but also produces good results. I emphasize harmony among these elements as well. My success comes when all of them enhance each other to bring out the beauty of the object.
My works have been selected in various juried exhibitions such as: In New Jersey Art Annual 4 times; in Mercer County Artist’s Show every year since 2002 and received “Purchase Award” from Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission in 2004; in Mercer County Senior Art Show 5 times, and awarded First Place and Honorable Mention 2 times each in craft category and in 2013 the work received the Best of the show in County show and First Place in the State Show; in South Brunswick Art Commission show 6 times; in Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion 4 times and received “Purchase Award” from the Trenton City Museum Society in 2015.
Tranquility of Bamboo 2007
Mercer County Artist 2008
First Ceramic Invitational at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion 2010.
Sushi Any One? 2006
First Ceramic Invitational at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mention 2010
Lidded Woven Jar 2009
First place in Mercer County Senior art show 2012—Craft category
Autumn Grace 2009
First place and best in the show at Mercer County Senior Art show 2013
First place in craft category at NJ State Senior Art show 2013
It’s a Bottle, It’s Peasant’s Rain Gear 2013
32nd(2015) Ellarslie Open at the Trenton City Museum
Purchase Award from Trenton Museum Society
Source from Mrs. Chiu 03/2017
Posted in 03/2017