Ceramics & Glass (MA)

Linyu Mei 梅琳玉

AWARDS  

2013 Nominated “One of the 100 Outstanding Citizens Designers” in the First Shanghai Citizens Art Festival

2012 Nominated “One of the 100 Outstanding Post-80s Chinese Designers” in the 2012 SHDC 50/100 Cutting-edge Exhibition

2010 Work collected by Shanghai Expo Social Design Resource Library

 

EXHIBITION  

2019 Material Statement | Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, UK  

2019 May you live in interesting times | Ceramic Art Avenue Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China 

2018 The Future of Asia - Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition | International Ceramic Culture Exchange Center, Incheon, Korea 

2017 Lacquer Restoration works of famous ancient kilns | POA’, Shanghai, China 

2016 Design and handmade living utensils | Sanbao International Ceramic Art Village Museum, Jingdezhen, China 

2015 Inspired by Barcelona: Contemporary Ceramic | PMQ, Hong Kong, China

2012 Three Ways Ceramic | Montana State University, USA

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linyu.mei@network.rca.ac.uk

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Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

I grew up in Jingdezhen City, the porcelain capital of China, a place where ceramics have been produced for more than a thousand years. The ceramic craft tradition has affected me a lot, but the ‘rebellious me’ is fascinated by the new digital age. This analogue and digital interface allow me to embrace more possibilities, in the thinking about, conceiving of and production of new works. I apply digital approaches to thinking through traditional handcraft processes while using and combining different materials.

My work explores where art, craft and design meet. In the context of Postmodernism, more and more of the generation born in this age are not satisfied with one ‘mode’ of working. Under the abundant conditions of our material world, crossover and interdisciplinarity have become a way to explore these possibilities and conditions. I firmly believe that the blurring of these borders does not mean that there are no boundaries. Exploring cross-border can be seen as a new field of enquiry. It has characteristics of art, design and craft, but it cannot be defined by any one of these disciplines.

MONTAGE - Work in progress — Mould making

MONTAGE - Work in progress — Cutting the mould

MONTAGE - Work in progress — Filling the mould with glass

Work in different stages

Front elevation

Back elevation

Process — Regarding the processes as a sequence, I want to explore how the object can be defined. In this project, the vase, as afunctional shape, was deconstructed and reconstructed, acting as a snapshot of an intense process of transformation.

Montage is a film editing technique, in which a series of short photo shoots are pieced together becoming a composite. This process combines space, time and visual information. "MONTAGE" is a sculptural work that focuses on the duality between subject and object. To this end, I explore different points of view of a vase, from the outer surface to the inner space and ‘frame’ around this familiar domestic object. I am interested in the physical and conceptual possibilities of these interior and exterior spaces. Using the optical properties of transparent cast glass, I invite the viewer into these spaces and reveal how the variations of shadow and light allow for a different understanding of this object and the forms around it.

Medium:

Glass

Size:

310*295*67 mm
Art
Casting
Contemporary
Craft
Deconstruction
Glass
Materiality
Moment
Montage
Object
Sculpture
Space and Time

Taoism possibilities of refining food plating

TAO - Collection

TAO - Waves Pattern

Food presentation

Food presentation

Fine dining art especially the Michelin food presentation was my inspiration for this project, which explores the relationship between people and how they interact with tableware. My work draws on the philosophy of Chinese Taoism. I am interested in the conversion of matter and energy, therefore the idea of ‘shifting’ is strongly embodied in my work, especially in this project.

Medium:

Porcelain

Size:

H 90 D 170 mm

Research Map - original object from the V&A collection

Hand build version

3D scanned file of the handmade ceramic

3D printed Version

The invention of tools has extended human capabilities. How does the continuous development of new technologies impact on ceramics? What possibilities and opportunities arise from this? In this project, I took a coffee cup with a stand from the 19th century Sèvres Manufacture as a prototype. I recreated the form in different versions to explore the relationship between hand-built and 3D printed ceramic.

Medium:

Porcelain

Size:

100*110*140 mm
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