In the 1980s, pottery studios started flourishing in Hong Kong, which later on led to the establishment of courses and programmes with specialisation in the area of ceramics at Hong Kong Art School, facilitating the cultivation of ceramics enthusiasts from all walks of life.
Focusing on the exploration of ceramic language, Hong Kong Art School promotes both traditional and contemporary skills and knowledge, advocating in-depth study of ceramic art with a wide range of methodologies. Teachers who come from various backgrounds, including fine art, making of functional objects, product design and art history, are able to offer students a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and interpretation. Throughout the learning process, students can also develop and enhance their pathways by overcoming the challenge and accommodating the new ideas coming from the artistic perspectives generated from different disciplines.
Apart from academic programmes, there were research and projects initiated by teachers and students, which brought inspiration to the School and the entire ceramics ecology in Hong Kong. “Timeless Wonder” and “The Missing Parts” reviewed on the connection between the primitive nature of ceramics and contemporary living, and proposed the strength ceramics has in each aspect. “My Soil, My Land” was the pioneer of community art projects with profound impacts. The project rediscovered the quality of natural soil and opened up a whole new world for ceramics in cultural and regional developments.
Since ten years ago, we have begun inviting graduates of the School to come back and teach. With fresh ideas in various fields, these young artists have brought new insights to the programmes and further broadened the scope of teaching and learning methodologies. Teachers and students stand side by side, studying the development of ceramics in this ever-changing world and getting it across different fields of contemporary art, such as sound and performing art.
In recent years, students tend to put more attention on their own perspectives, starting from personal emotions, and expanding to social, political, cultural and historical issues. How can ceramics, often being regarded as a medium existing outside the framework of contemporary art, continue to bring out its uniqueness and nourish mankind, has become the new challenge for teaching and learning in the future.
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