Research: Eva Kwong

Eva Kwong’s works are some of my favourite that I have been looking into recently. She works extremely closely with eccentric shapes, forms and colours and does it in such a individual way. With Kwong’s work, the main attraction has to be the shapes. Immediately I am drawn to her organic forms and how she manages to create something so out of the ordinary and instantly give it a place and purpose.

Kwong’s repetitive use of circular patterns gives the increasing impression of growth and continuity throughout her work. When it comes to the shapes of her works, she once again manages to mimic the natural process of growth. The works above are taken from a collection titled ‘Opposites Attract’ and I think she demonstrates this relationship well through these forms. Much like Hessler, Kwong incorporates a wide range of different glazing techniques into her works that highlight the important relationship between texture and form. Salt glazing is probably the most used glaze technique within her works. This way of glazing  requires salt to be thrown in to the kiln during the glaze firing process. You throw the salt in when the kiln is reaching its peak temperature. By doing this, the sodium in the salt react with the silica in the clay body to form a glassy coating of sodium silicate. The glaze may be colourless or come in different shades of brown. The resulting texture is similar to that of an orange peel. This technique combined with Kwong’s use of colour, shape and pattern gives an all round impression of juxtaposition, life, growth and indifference. Salt glazing is another glazing technique that I would be keen to give a try.

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