By Tzyy Yi Young
If a writer has a pen, then the wheel and the blowpipe are my pens.
If a writer uses ink to write down thoughts, then clay and glass are the ink of my pen.
If a writer uses words as a language to express and create a communication, then forms are my language to communicate to the world.
My practice began with the interaction between everyday things and how I interpret their characteristics and relationships into forms with colors abstractly. The main purpose of my craft is to portray these characteristics and to show that we all can relate to changing times. To create a message that says we are all equal but different at the same time.
Tzyy Yi Young:
Though fluent in both English and Mandarin, Tzyy Yi Young speaks in the language of forms. Ms. Young, who goes by Amy in the West, was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Through a chance encounter with ceramics after moving across the world she found her voice. As a writer uses a pen to speak their truth, Ms. Young uses the pottery wheel to shape hers.
Once a student of science, Ms. Young’s analytic and observant nature is fulfilled by creating art through “things that spin”. In her practice, Amy captures her surroundings and translates the world around her into eloquent and simplistic three-dimensional forms. Her love of precision and interest in the relationship between form and function led her to complement her training in ceramic and glassblowing.
Ms. Young received her BFA from the University of Washington in Three Dimensional Forms, and has continued her education at institutions such as Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School. She has served as a research assistant for notable artists in the Pacific Northwest including Mark Zirpel and Amie McNeel. Ms. Young was awarded an International Internship with Rometti in Umbertide, Italy, where she received the Rometti award, earning her work a place in their permanent collection. During 2017, she participated in the highly competitive Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistant Residency and again in the Penland School of Crafts Fall Concentration, where she continued to dissect the vernacular of her surroundings—creating elegant objects in an ordered way out of complicated chaos.
Exhibition Runs: January 10 – 31, 2020.
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