ChengOu Yu's making process attempts to combine contemporary Western approaches (working towards innovation and originality) with the influence of Chinese traditions in ceramics (a high level of respect for historical forms, using repetition and technique to reach the ideals of “quality” and “beauty”).
Exploring and generating new forms based on the use of plaster mold and slip casting. He attempts to make changes by manipulating different elements. Treating the cast piece as a foundation, pinching from hand or pushing with tools, slicing through then reattaching with a slight shift. Cheng loves the way that form reacts to every manipulation and the contrast between the rigidity of the molded object and the human touch. By interchanging the flexible parts, the form has been reinvented. Each one is unique in some way with its own simplicity yet potentially more complex when they are presented as a group. His practice shifted from single to multiple with the intention of creating two dimensional pattern under a three-dimensional form.