Cuong Ta Ceramics
It all started when…
Needing a distraction from my work as a math teacher, I took a night time ceramics class in the spring of 1998. When I got on the pottery wheel for the first time, I was hooked. It was a learning experience like I had never known; my hands felt as if they were rediscovering something they had known forever. The first year working with clay proved to be quite a spiritual process, and within a couple years, I had accumulated so much work that I started finding venues for selling my work. This led to working with galleries and participating in craft shows across the country.
I have done a tremendous amount of production since 2000, all while still working as a full time math teacher and department chair in Bay Area independent schools. In 2008, I started a series of wall work I called "buttons". This body of work allowed me to explore my design vocabulary, which then fed my production work. In 2010, the City of Emeryville purchased a large installation of the buttons for their permanent collection, which how hangs at entry to City Hall.
My current work uses more color, but continues to play with strong graphic imagery and their play and balance between modular pieces. I see the move from production work to the one of a kind installations as an exciting development in my work, though I continue to find joy in all the different ways of working with the ceramic medium.