Jo is a multidisciplinary artist, product designer, crafter and artisan potter from Singapore. She enjoys traditional mediums of craft like woodworking and pottery, and finds value in products made with quality materials, honest effort and good craftsmanship.
In the current digital and technological age, the value and priority given to handmade products produced the traditional way has diminished. She hopes to be part of the generation of young Singaporean artists that will bring about a revival of traditional craft and design.
Area(s) of Focus
Final Year Project(s)
My project revolves around the notion of death, and the acknowledgement of the ephemerality of life. It is also by extension a celebration of living. The work centers around the concept and form of the vessel as a receptacle for both life and death, and the urn as a posthumous vessel for ourselves after the flesh vessel has expired. Furthermore, I would like to posit the idea of the personalization of the urn vessel, through form, size, colour and texture, such that, even in death, one can still possess an identity. Through a series of ceramic works handcrafted on the potter’s wheel, I aim to remind people of the finiteness of life, not to place them in despair, but instead to galvanise them to better cherish and make good their time.