Michele Quan designs and sculpts handmade ceramic art and objects for the home & garden. Cornerstones of her work are garlands, bells and skulls. The pieces become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text and color. Many of the images are rooted in the visual symbols of Eastern iconography- their meaning and beauty of which she is continuously in awe. The work is an ongoing attempt to articulate that wonder.
‘My hope is that they serve both as objects of contemplation to inspire reverence and as a source of encouragement and refuge’.
Forms are built by hand, wheel thrown, or slip cast in stoneware and porcelain in NYC. Original models for slip cast work are hand sculpted and all images are painted or drawn by hand. Other materials used include hand-dyed cotton, felted wool, hemp rope, brass and reclaimed wood.
Quan is originally from Vancouver, Canada and moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design & photography at Parsons School of Design. For twelve years prior to embarking on her current medium of clay, she worked in metal and co-founded the NYC jewelry company Me&Ro. Her mixed media and ceramic work continues an ongoing pursuit to bring visual form to our internal landscape and locate the thread that connects us with the experience of the world we live. Michele works out of her studio in Brooklyn and lives in NYC with her husband, daughter and dog, Sparrow.