Hua is a ceramic artist that specialises in making jewellery from clay. Every piece of her pottery is unique with many factors in the production process that make the difference.
We asked Hua a few questions about her work...
When did you first start to learn ceramics?
I started during my second year at university, around 2016.
Did you always know that you wanted to make jewellery when you first started ceramics?
Not at all. I make jewellery because I feel like relatively few people in Taiwan are doing this at the moment, so it sets me apart from the others. I still constantly practice all sorts of pottery though, it’s just they don’t quite feel ready yet. Compared to pottery, I think jewellery really brings out my unique qualities and vibe.
How does it feel working on the edge of both fashion and art?
I can make fine, beautiful things and I think that’s rather romantic – it’s lovely.
What is your work process like? Do you have an idea what you would like the earring to look like when you first start making it or does your design evolve during the process?
I search for inspiration in my own life. Sometimes I’m purely just modelling the piece; other times, I might have an attractive glaze in mind and want to give it a go, so make a suitable piece for that. In the beginning, my pieces were more random. Along the edges of the model, cracks naturally appeared and looked just like rock veins. As for my recent ceramics, I tend to mould them with my fingers, but there isn’t a particular reason for this change of style either; I’m just bringing to life a pair of earrings I’ve thought up recently and could see myself wearing.
How do you want people to feel when wearing your jewellery?
I hope having a one of a kind pair of earrings makes them feel happy.