A beautiful tea tray, part of an installation handmade by artist Wu Wei Cheng. Created slowly and skilfully in his Taichung studio, the works have a raw and contemporary feel. He uses white clay to reveal the natural hue of the tea, accompanied by black clay which works as a visual juxtaposition.
Wu cleverly balances tradition with innovation, celebrating the art of the tea ceremony. He pushes the boundaries of ceramics simultaneously, through creating his sculptural tea instruments. The precise forms are lightly textured and partially glazed with metallic silver tones, drawing in the eye to look closer.
The installation leans towards minimalism, comprising of a teapot, a tea tray, a tea serving pot, a waste bowl, a tea caddy, six teacups and a teaspoon. The angular shapes are distinct to Wu's practice and make an exquisite collection of utensils used for brewing tea that can be treasured for a lifetime.
About the Artist:
Wu Wei Cheng is a self-taught ceramicist from Taiwan. His sculptural and functional pieces take inspiration from industrial design and architecture. Wu’s structured forms demonstrate the influence of Taiwainese sculptor Ju Ming, who is renowned for boxy bronze and steel sculptures.
Wu uses imported clay, distinguishing him from the majority of Taiwanese potters, who source their materials locally. The clay used by Wu allows greater consistency in his textures and enhances the clarity of his glazes.
Wu’s practice is informed by the tea culture of Taiwan. His tea utensils are composed of sharp carvings and edges, yet are smooth to touch due to polishing. Teapots and teacups which express Wu’s commitment to experimenting with shape contain and exude a sense of strength, regardless of their size.