Fired by the Charm of Ceramics

By Ooi Kok Chuen

October 2016 PENANG PALETTE
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Kilns are working overtime as a wave of inspiration hits our sculptors of clay.UmibaizurahA flurry of contemporary ceramic exhibitions in recent months has finally reignited interest in this apparent niche art.Within a space of three months, benchmark solos by Umibaizurah “Umi” Mahir Ismail, Tan Vooi Yam and Hong Kong-based Chao Harn Kae, plus the seventh edition of the annual Selsius international exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) appeared as if by design. In reality, it was a “potluck”.Umibaizurah.This...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.


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