Angela Cho is a designer and ceramicist. In form her pieces tend to evoke bodies — human bodies, plant bodies — without ever crossing into being representational. Her interest is in material itself and in letting a vessel bear figural and textural signs of manual process and manual thinking.

She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Toronto Metropolitan University, and now teaches at both universities. She lives and works in Toronto.

Loose parameters such as the height and general profile of these vessels are determined before I begin working with the clay, but the pieces are a product of the material limits and powers of clay and of the process they undergo. The hand-built gestural pieces are coil-built; each layer is mounted onto the next. As the base layers start to release their moisture, they harden into a single structural region. These changing states of the clay are what both limit and allow for free-hand, expressive manipulations. The bulbous protrusions are sometimes built-up and sometimes stretched and enhanced in areas once the clay is in an ideal workable state. The thrown pieces produced on a potter’s wheel undergo the same above-mentioned changes of state—first the clay is prepped then pulled upward to achieve its general height, then the exterior is scraped to add rigidity and structure to the form. From its interior, the walls are then stretched to achieve the desired profile and final form.

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