Earthworks @Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpar

Date of Visit: February 21 2015

iCloud is the best thing ever!  Wherever I go, I’ll take a photo with my iPhone to  share with my artistic friends abroad.  Today, I found some pictures of an exhibition that I had visited in Galeri Petronas a while back… since I had taken photos of the artist’s statement together with their works (apologies if I got the name of artist switched with another artist’s works, or forgot the name of the artist entirely), I shall share these incredible works with you.

Exhibition dates: 30/12/2014 to 22/03/2015

Earthworks is an exhibition by 6 Malaysian foremost ceramists. Dr Shamso Mohamad, Dr Salwa Ayob, Roslan Ahmad, Mohamad Radzi Ismail, Tan Vooi Yam and Awangko’ Hamdan Pgn that challenges the creation of beauty and the arts using the concept of mimesis to critique out eveyday lives.  They also put into question whether the value of contemporary ceramic works are at par with other objects from various museum collections. They offer a radical way of overcoming the stigma by examining the taxonomy of contemporary ceramic works of at, whether as merely works of art as museum objects.  Depending on their choice of references or subject matters and technique processes, these artists have nearly opened up endless options to aid the stigma in creating varied and lasting pieces of ceramic art.” – copied from brochure 😜

Tan Vooi Yam is a 3rd generation potter who has established himself as a ceramic designer with expertise in ceramic installations.


Artist: Tan Vooi Yam


Artist: Tan Vooi Yam


Artist: Tan Vooi Yam


Artist: Tan Vooi Yam

COCONUT SCRAPE by Dr Salwa Ayo teaches at the ceramic Department, faculty of ARt and design UiTM (Perak)b,

Similar to coconut, clay called ‘napal’ in Malay is very versatile raw material in the making of ceramic products.  Scrape or ‘kutai’ means old, but it does not denote weakness, age but is filled with knowledge and wisdom.  It befits the nature of coconut because when it ages, the coconut flesh becomes thicker with the essence of coconut milk to be used and which can also be cooked to become oil.


Artist: Dr Salwa Ayob

Artist: Dr Salwa Ayob

I LOVE SEAFOODS by M. Radzi Ismail, who has been exhibition ho works since 2002.

“Here and there, everyone eats seafood, Besides grilled fish, boiled or grilled cockles and mussel also among seafood menu that is delicious to eat.  Do you like to eat seafood?… me? hurmmm… I LOVE SEAFOODS!”


Artist: M. Radzi Ismail

OREN KAMPONG BOTTLE.  I liked this artist’s statement of intent and arrange of his works (demonstrating the types of firing finishes available) but unfortunately forgot to take down his name.

‘Oren Kampong Bottle’ is a cabornated orange drink that was very popular among the youths in lower-income families in the mid-60s.  Here, the bottle brought back memories of childhood nostalgia of the artist – where as a child, he will go looking for empty bottles to sell,  With the money earned, he would buy himself a bottle of ‘Oren Kampong’ which was the cheap soft drink in his days.  The artist explored various firing methods including Raku, Smoke, Fired Wood and Tomoku Galze in his works.  Each of these finishing methods was intended to deliver different sensation and experiences while also providing special characteristics to the works – “this artwork projects an emotional value with its ‘raw and rustic’ outlook for both Raku and Smoke finishes.  While the Tomoku glaze reflected the hope to bring back the old moments of glory, eventually both had its ‘sweet and sour’ moments, yet it was bubbly to us”.


‘Oren Kampong Bottle’

JOURNEY – School shoes are metaphors of ‘schooling’, children undergo formalistic learning process in schools from an early age.  School shoes are worn everyday as a ‘driving’ force (pun?)  for students to explore knowledge to equip their lives…



REMEMBRANCE by Awangko’ Hamdan Awang Arshad who teaches at  the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

“Remembrance or ‘Zikr’, explores the potential of memory, narrative and process as an approach in negotiating a sense of place and belonging.  Ordinary leather objects are explored and analysed, and is given individual expression.  This body of artwork is a mean to imbue and immortalise past memory ion tangible forms.”


Artist: Awangko’ Hamdan Awang Arshad


Artist: Awangko’ Hamdan Awang Arshad


Artist: Awangko’ Hamdan Awang Arshad