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.
Garlands are strung on hemp rope and assembled with hand dyed fabric tassels. The rope represents the connection and interdependence of all beings and phenomena while fabric registers what can be felt, yet is invisible to the eye. Bells ring in honor of the Present through sound, while skulls are an ever-reminder that all is transient.
Also Incorporating these themes & components are sculptures of iconic objects (jewels, flowers, bowls, bones, tusks, needles, guns, shells, keys & whale teeth).
Forms are built by hand, wheel thrown, or slip cast in stoneware, earthenware, 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 felted wool, hemp rope and reclaimed wood.
‘My hope is that they serve both as objects of contemplation to inspire reverence and as a source of encouragement and refuge’.
For more detailed information on materials, inspiration & assembly directions please visit the MQuan Blog.