Luan Hawkins’s ceramics are centred on the concept of ‘fusion’: cultural, historical, and contemporary influences, material properties and processes, and contradictory human intentions.
As a Chinese expatriate ceramicist, she is well-placed to explore classical East Asian ceramic forms. This collection gives a contemporary twist to classical Chinese and Japanese tea bowls, dislocating them from their traditional setting and exploring new dimensions through the application of complex multi-layered glaze finishes.
Her tea bowl forms are simple and subtle yet possess a tactility and visual allure that requests attention and opens a dialogue with the viewer, to encourage a connection between material, maker, and audience.
In fusing these influences, forms, and materials, she hopes her work will reveal the tension and contradiction of control, and the release of balance and harmony.