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Brit-raised Vietnamese artist imbues utility with style (May 04, 2005)

Kaya Hoang's ceramics on display.
An exhibition of functional ceramic and metal works by Vietnamese-British artist Kaya Hoang opened recently in Hanoi.

Originally from Hanoi, 27‑year‑old Hoang was raised in the United Kingdom after her parents emigrated there when she was five.

Hoang later developed an interest in art and received her MA in goldsmith, silversmith, metalwork and jewellery from the Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University, while also obtaining additional schooling from The Royal College of Art

After finding success in London, Hoang decided to explore her Vietnamese heritage and leapt at the chance to undertake an Artist in Residency programme in Hanoi.

The residency grew out of a project entitled Economic and Cultural Heritage Development in Hai Duong (2001‑2004), which was funded by Europe Aid's Asia‑Urban programme.

Working alongside local ceramists in Hai Duong and metalworkers in Thai Binh, Kaya developed stylish and practical creations that will hopefully open up new market opportunities for Vietnamese producers in Europe, Asia and North America.

Hoang described her Vietnamese colleagues as open to new ideas, optimistic and incredibly hard working. She also mentioned her desire to continue working with them after returning to England, staying in touch by e‑mail and using the Internet to exchange design ideas and production methods.

"My creativeness comes from nature, just like flowers and fruit," explained Hoang.

A variety of Vietnamese inspired functional works will be on display at the showroom, which will feature an assortment of kitchen accessories such as bowls, chop‑sticks, tea cups and trays, the result of ten weeks hard work.

Hoang's creations are a testament to her skills and creativity, and she hopes that the works of inspiration and beauty remind visitors of the allure of the Vietnamese countryside.

Organised by the British Council, in conjunction with the London Metropolitan University, the exhibition will run until May 7 at the Cay Son (The Lacquer Tree) showroom, 135 Nghi Tam street, Hanoi. (VNS)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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