Derek Au’s current body of work springs from a renewed focus on traditional Chinese ceramic materials and techniques, including slips, brushwork, and carving. With respect for centuries-old processes, such as slip decoration, he challenges the technique to be more and creates the vessel form of an artwork by painting with slip. During his residency in Jingdezhen, China, which began in 2008, he utilized the results of his research into process and the collection of antique wares to develop an open source ceramic recipes website. Au completed his residency in China at the end of 2017 and will be a McKnight Artist Resident at Northern Clay Center from January – March, 2018.

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