Jacob Chan - Artist Statement
JACOB CHAN - Born 1996
Jacob is a Wirral based Artist who graduated in Ceramics with a 1st Class BA Hons degree from Carmarthen School of Art in 2017. Studying as an apprentice to international ceramicist Emma Rodgers, he has continued his practice and taken part as a contestant on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’.
Born to an English mother and Chinese father, his cultural heritage has greatly influenced his current works which feature an incorporation of wheel thrown ceramics with figurative forms.
“My work reflects on my cultural background and heritage. Being half Chinese and half English my work takes inspiration from traditional Chinese shapes and forms, whilst the surfaces are heavily decorated in slips and oxides that contain other raw materials such as sand, slate and broken pottery collected from around the coastlines and mountain ranges of Britain. I use these materials to represent my Western culture and my cultural journey through my creativity.
My work takes inspiration from shipwreck pottery, specifically Chinese Ming vases that have been recovered from shipwrecks and adorned by coral and sea life that have built up over time. Using the soda firing technique and reaching temperatures as high as 1300 degrees, my work can achieve a unique array of colours including reds, blues, purples and greens from one glaze.”