When seeing the work by Haoyu Wu, you may wonder if they are very complicated to make. However, for the artist himself, the craft technique is never the main problem. Haoyu said that his work is not about craftsmanship, but he just happened to love ceramics and use it as his language. His work can be majorly seen as four series: “Encounters”, “New Stoneware”, “Birth & Growth” and “Breaking & Rebuilding”, carrying his discovery in depth of art from different times.
Chinese people have this typical mentality, where they normally set the theme, art form and direction of development first before they start a project, then trying to fit into those boxes. Haoyu, instead, tried to break the rules and find ideas beyond thinking. He prepared a large pile of paper and a pen, drawing “meaningless” circles any time and anywhere. He found the lines he liked within these circles and turned them into three-dimensional shapes for his first series “Encounters” (邂逅). As the shapes are completely meaningless, they become the carrier of meaning. Everyone can interpret the work their own ways, which are usually unrelated to each other.
Haoyu Wu has been practising ceramics and drinking tea for over 10 years. It is obvious that he wanted to make teaware. Gradually the product range expanded to flower ware. He aimed to make each piece original, practical and unique, impossible to reproduce. Starting from raw clay, the making process is kept in the most traditional way by hand. The local soil in Naning, Guangxi is full of iron, making the products naturally almost black but surprisingly lightweight. The pure simplicity and roughness lie in these wares, whilst thoughtful details appear when observing closely.
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