inseparable relationship

Conventional porcelain which is exquisitely decorated and the way they are displayed give a sense that they are fragile and not to be touched. Using wood gives a sense of warmth that is just right to balance the contrast with the porcelain. The idea of using wood in displaying porcelain in traditional Chinese ceramics is solely for auxiliary purpose. To increase the whole aesthetic value to the piece, it is important to enhance the relationship between these two materials. In my work the curved bottom of the object cannot stand by itself and the shelf is only an empty shelf without any meaning if the object did not exist.

To give the wooden shelves a final touch, I laser etched my Chinese name onto them on which the decorated objects would be placed.



Exhibition set up – 3

Although my business card has been printed, I was aiming to leave the audiences with a more memorable impression so a postcard is ideal. I designed three postcards about the objects which were developed at different stages – without decoration, the illustration only and the blue and white decoration. The image on the postcard revealed only half of the object. The intention is to emphases the beauty of the form even on a 2D image and the attention will not only be drawn to the decoration. Then on the back of the postcard contact information was laser etched. The laser etching gives a nice tactile quality to the card.


Exhibition set up – 2

I lined up the objects and shelves to measure the most appropriate space between each of the objects then started to draw out grid lines on the board.

Following the grid lines, I marked out the position of the wooden shelves and numbered each shelf as well as recorded their numbers on their position marks on the board. It was important to keep the middle row, where the decorated objects would be placed, at about eye level.

The next step was to carefully place masking tape by following the position marks and then measuring the pilot holes for drilling. The board is now ready for painting.

After the board was painted the masking tape could be removed and position marks were revealed. Next the shelves were installed which was the hardest job of the whole process and needed two people to hold the MDF and shelf in place on one side and another person to drill through the MDF and shelf from the other side.

In the end, the process took about three hours to finish and the panel could be put up. The result was more than satisfactory and no miscalculated measurements were made.

Even though the background board and shelves have been put up, there were marks and dust left on the board during installation and needed to be tidied up.

Timeline Development

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Field (Exhibition)


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September to October 2015

  • Developed initial idea of the graduation work

October 2015

  • Initial idea had changed from tension to calmness expression

November 2015

  • Continue to develop ideas in terms of how to decorate the objects

graduation project

From the end of December to the beginning of February 

  • Due to focus on finishing the dissertation, the project was put on hold.


  • Inspired by Jaime Hayon, I took traditional blue and white porcelain then reassembled to form a new pattern

April 2016  

  • using my personal memories as well as these three years of studying to developed a series of illustration.
  • took a traditional technique called kai-guang, which was used by artisans in Jingdezhen since the Ming Dynasty, to create my illustration
  • changed to display the objects from plinth to hang them on the wall. The idea was inspired by the European displaying method

May 2016

  • mock installation of the objects


October 2015 – 

  • Started to conduct research, including eastern and western artists who have the same cultural background or the same creative ideas like mine such as Ai WeiWei, Ah Xian  Faig Ahmed, Wang Shu and Lu Wen Yu
  • conducting research about chinese ceramics and in particular blue and white porcelain
  • Positioning Practicelecture ran by Cath Davis

From the end of December to the beginning of February 

  • Due to focus on finishing the dissertation, the project was put on hold.
  • took the advice of the external examiner – experiment on decorating the wooden stand

From the end of January –

  • Conducted research about the exhibition in particular of how porcelain was displayed by the West and East.
  • Corridor exhibition curation
  • research – “Emulsion” exhibition by Amy Smith and Simon Levin
  • created a post for recording artists work which gave me inspiration


  • finished the exhibition proposal and continue the research for ideas for the exhibition.



September to October 2015

  • Learning traditional skills in Jingdezhen, China. Including carving, onglaze and underglaze painting.

End of October 2015

  • carried glaze tests including different types of cobalt and other underglaze colours


  • Focus on practicing blue and white painting


  • Re-made another mold which is 15% larger than the first mold

From the end of December to the beginning of February 

  • Due to focus on finishing the dissertation, the project was put on hold.


  • Refine the porcelain objects by using sandpaper of various grit in order to deliver a skin-smooth-liked texture.


  • Carried other glaze tests of which I would like to achieve an effect which is similar to Chinese ink painting to create my blue and white decoration on the object.
  • Used laser etching to decorate the wooden stand

Early March 2016

  • The porcelain did not turn white instead it was a dull greyish colour. After discussing and consulting the problems with TDs, Anne Gibbs, Claire and fellow students I carried out tests of different clay bodies and firing temperatures hoping to address the issue.


  • attened screen printing induction and finished a series of new patterns which were takern from traditional blue and white porcelain then reassembled to form a new pattern

Mid of March 2016

  • attended wood lathe turning induction

End of March 2016

  • Due to the fire temperatue had been changed the glazes I used are no longer suitable for the work. Another series of glazes test were commenced.
  • Tried to find the most appropriate temperature for firing the cobalt so that the cobalt blue can be shown at a low temperature

April 2016  

  • Developed illustration and paint it with cobalt onto the objects

End of April 

  • Making the wood stands / shelves


  • exhibition setting up – measure out the shelves position, paint the background colour and put the shelves up