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Clay Talk

As part of ALL FRESH 2023 Extended Exhibition | We were honored to have Chris Ma, a highly skilled and knowledgeable master ceramic sculptor, whose exceptional works have been exhibited around the world, talk about ceramics, clay, porcelain, earth, and the creativity involved in recycling.

These two pieces are on their way to be exhibited in Portugal.

“Everything is a reaction from the clay, it’s a conversation.”


Chris Ma’s insightful talk on the meaning and materiality of his works was truly inspiring. With a renewed focus on the beauty of raw materials, attendees enjoyed a cold brew tea or a cocktail and delicious treats while delving into Chris’s 40 years of experience with clay. He explained the importance of understanding the character and nature of porcelain, as well as the necessary formats and techniques needed to relate to nature. In some of his works, he has used recycled porcelain to create something entirely new.

Chris’s acknowledgment that the very same porcelain used in our tiles is also used in fine China highlights the wisdom and intelligence required to work with clay as an art form. The ability to make such a beautiful man-made product that can be recycled back into the earth is truly remarkable. It’s worth talking about clay, it help give rise to a new era of sustainable materiality.

Chris Ma’s work will be exhibited in our showroom until the 27th April 2023. Make sure you come in and see it!

Biography of Chris Ma:

Born in Hong Kong in 1961, MA Sai Cheong (Chris Ma) graduated from Grantham College of Education (Arts & Design) in 1985 and Wolverhampton University (Arts & Design) in 1991. Since 1986, Chris has held over 70 exhibitions. His exhibitions took place in Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, University Museum and Art Gallery (Hong Kong), Galeria De Leal Senado (Macau), National Museum of History (Taiwan), Onomichi Enomachi-kan (Japan), University of British Columbia (Canada) and the University of Sydney (Australia). Chris was recently invited to the 1st International Contemporary Material Art Biennale in June 2022 in China. Chris’s art pieces are widely collected by institutions around the world including the Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong), Regional Council Museum (Hong Kong), Philippe Charriol Foundation (Hong Kong), Leal Senado’s Art Gallery (Macau), International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname (Japan) and Asian Centre of the University of British Columbia (Canada).