Christy Chor

Born in: Hong Kong
Lives in: Ontario, Canada
Describe your art in three words: Storytelling, One-of-a-kind, Original
Discipline: Ceramics
Education: Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design (Ceramics) from Sheridan College, Canada
Hong Kong Polytechnics, Design
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Pulse of Nature - Cone 6 Stoneware, Handbuilt, Mixed media, 36 x 10 x 14.5 in.

Christy Chor is a nature lover, ceramic artist, and storyteller. Nature inspires her: the majesty of the landscape, the orchestra of wildlife, life experiences, and the natural flow of energy. She believes Mother Nature has her charismatic beauty, poetic and chaotic moments, and resilience. She brings natural harmony to humankind yet responds with rage to human-made interruption and imbalance.

What themes does your work involve?

Nature is not just a source of inspiration for me; it's a part of my being. I choose sculptural ceramics to express my voice in art and share my real-life experiences. All my works are created in series, and the themes are Nature in poetic and chaotic moments. My works have their unique DNA, and the concepts are narrative-driven. All pieces have their specific styles of individuality and consistency. They are developed in stages, and the themes are about BACK TO NATURE; all the works are story-telling, like chapters with never-ending stories.

Describe your creative process.
Through years of design experience, pottery practicing, and further professional studies at Sheridan College Canada specializing in Art & Craft (Ceramics), I formulated my methodology for creative processes with the following stages: 1. Observation + Curiosity + Source of inspirations 2. Research + Concept Development in series + Explorations of materials and techniques 3. Making/Glazing/Firing + Documentation of processes + Communication with Creative photography and reels. 4. Review + re-discovery 5. Evaluation and goal setting for the next series Visionary and problem-solving attitudes are crucial to success from the start to the completion of the work series.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I enjoy experimenting and exploring new adventures in life and work. My curiosity and problem-solving attitude most influence my creative approach and style. The discoveries from trials and errors reward me with invaluable learning experiences and pleasant surprises. My appreciation of nature and treasure of moments inspire me with boundless resources. Happening in nature today, poetic and chaotic moments, energy flow, and bird observation stimulate my curiosity and imagination. ART connects people from different backgrounds and breaks the barriers of languages and cultures. Through art, I can share my beliefs and have my voice heard. Art is also a kind of therapy. That is my primary purpose for making art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Each good work of art has its soul embedded in it. If the Art speaks to the audience, awakens them with long-lost excitement and intriguing imagination, and recalls their great memories of life, it serves its true purpose; it is a fantastic work of art. Feel and relevance are the strong stimuli for awakening the audience’s appreciation of art. If a piece of Art stimulates the audience’s nerves and emotions, shares the vision, and touches the heart with feelings, it is an influential art. When the audience responds and resonates, it makes the art superb.
What is the role of the artist today?
As an artist, I can share my beliefs and hear my voice through ART. It is gratifying to have the audience or art lovers resonate with the message of my work. I chose to be an artist rather than work in commercial design industry now. Each artist possesses unique talents and skills. We should harness our work to stand out and create a harmonious echo, fostering a sense of connection. The artist's role today is to connect and unite people of different levels and break cultural and political barriers for a better world through positive communication in art. Our art world needs different but sincere voices to be heard. We should remain original and assertive, appreciate the other’s work, be inspired, and inspire others to seek their long-lost sense of feeling and imagination.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist