Craft Awards

Sami Tsang

I am a Canadian-born Chinese woman ceramic artist whose work explores domestic encounters and private narratives borne out of the flux amidst two cultures ‒ Chinese and Western. I use a vocabulary of images to express my hopes and fears about my life. Growing up as the youngest child of a conservative Hong Kong family, my voice was not welcomed. When my heart allows, I find relationships between these stories and the materials I use in my practice, such as clay, resin, rice paper, and ballpoint pen, and work them into sculptural ceramics using cartoonist-like gestures to confront the raw emotional experiences we share.

I studied traditional Chinese painting for 7 years in Hong Kong, which had a profound effect on my pursuing an arts career. Returning to Canada, I first studied ceramics at H.B. Secondary School in London, ON, renowned for its arts program, then earned my BA Craft & Design from Sheridan College (2019) and my MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, NY (2021). I have exhibited my work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Canada, including the ClayAkar Gallery, Iowa City, IA, the Gardiner Museum and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON.


Still We Rise
Material: Stoneware, glaze, underglaze, resin, clay epoxy, polymer clay, ballpoint pen, pencil, fabric. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
78.7 x 50.8 x 35.6 cm

Is this Growth or Stubbornness
White stoneware, glaze, engobe, glass, rice paper, ink, nail art, clay epoxy. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
35.5 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm

Like a Parasite
White stoneware, glaze, engobe, glass, tape, paper, resin, colour pencil, chain. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
27.9 x 21.6 x 10.2 cm

Chicken and Duck Talk
White stoneware, glaze, engobe, glass, fabric, tape, paper, resin, nail art. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
36.8 x 48.3 x 20.3 cm (red figure) 14 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm (hanging figure)

Teatime Ladies
Stoneware, glaze, engobe. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
8.9 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm (each)

Listen to Herself
Stoneware, glaze, engobe, fabric, pencil. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil).
61 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm

No Place For me
Stoneware, glaze, engobe, chain, nail art, resin, glass. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
25.4 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm

Once Upon A Dark Hole
Dark Stoneware, glaze, underglaze, resin, chain, color pencil, holographic nail flakes. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
88.9 x 48.3 48.3 cm

Rebellion From Tub
Stoneware, glaze, underglaze, glass, clay epoxy, plastic tube, tile grout, color pencil. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
89 x 63.5 x 48.3 cm

At My Place 2
Stoneware, glaze, underglaze, mirror, polymer clay, glitter glue, faux fur. Techniques: Handbuilt (coil)
61 x 53.3 x 17.8 cm

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