Johnson Tsang takes the common bowl or cup to the next level. His ceramic housewares constantly bring deeper meaning to dining receptacles, far past simply housing your tea and soup. He's even managed to make a spitting face look surprisingly appetizing. Tsang—who lives and creates in Hong Kong—has a whole portfolio full of captivating faces and figures. His website serves as an ongoing chronicle of works-in-progress, a sequence of shots from first coils to finished products like these:
One project from beginning to end, with a lot of steps in between.One project from beginning to end, with a lot of steps in between.
All of his work seems to blur the line between liquid and solid with human figures busting through bowl walls with the force of a breath and soft waterfalls of form coming together to create a kiss. Tsang is rather keen to juxaposition—the muses for his delicate pieces are generally social issues and he's been known to mix tough materials like stainless steel with the fragility of ceramic.
His forms play off of the contents they hold—my favorite features a cheeky face waiting to be submerged under its morning cereal milk (or water, as pictured in the second photo of this entry).
You can catch some of Tsang's work at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City. His solo show, "Living Clay," will be open until January 19th, 2014.