Randall Au / Flying Cup Clay -short Biography/ Resume
Born and raised in the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Oahu, artist Randy Au came to Southern California for the good weather and to pursue a fine art career. Studies include Biola University with Grant Logan and California State Fullerton with Jerry Rothman and John Stokesbury where he earned a B.A. in Fine Art. He established the Flying Cup Clay studio in 1987 and became a fulltime studio artist in 1992. He presently splits his time between the studio; being the ceramics instructor and Assistant Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California since 2002; and other various teaching and workshop opportunities. Continue reading Resume: Randy Au, ceramic artist→
This series of work is the result of my fascination with the whimsical qualities of natural, in this case vegetable, forms. I am not interested in re-creating the exact likeness of the vegetables, but rather in appropriating their unique shapes and qualities as a springboard for creating visually unique art objects that allude to vessel function. The idea is not new. Cave men found gourd forms useful for containing food and drink. And why not; when these shapes are Nature’s own way of providing containers for seed to perpetuate itself.
The particular vegetables used in the series were found by haunting the local grocery stores, wholesale markets (in Los Angeles) and various gardens, patches, and fields. Each shape was chosen for some unique quality, gesture and presence that I find interesting. Original molds are made by me from the actual vegetables. The resulting forms, along with thrown and hand-built elements, are used to produce the individual pieces. The free-flowing, hand painted decoration in vibrant colored glazes and metallic gold luster, is reminiscent of Oriental, Egyptian, and Southwestern patterns and designs.
I feel that the challenge of the Artist is to take the common and mundane and, thru creative vision and process, breathe new life into them. I hope that exposure to this work prompts a more sensitive look at the world around us. Such things as vegetables are not just food, but food for thought, use, and enjoyment.
Most of my current work investigates the spiritual side of life. Ideas of duality and the resulting illusions caused by our concepts of duality is what I am striving to understand as well as our desire to achieve a balance in this world between positive and negative, light and dark, good and evil. I feel that my artwork is a loose allusion to an inner geography and I try to emphasis both the positive and negative aspects of my search for some spirituality in this life. The ritual of creating something is one thing that I love about making art, locating, sorting, classifying, research, deconstructing, constructing, It’s a mental, spiritual and physical process that helps create order for me. The breaking down of the theme or idea visually, and metaphorically, juxtaposing, manipulating and linking together objects and images that for me have symbolic power and emotion allowing me to investigate, condense and articulate an idea that eventually gets infused into an assemblage sculpture.
Here are my latest series of monoprints. As some of you know, for the past several years Bonsai has become a passion of mine. I’ve enjoyed the art as “living sculpture” and as a Fine Artist I began incorporating them into my oeuvre of prints.
These prints are from ‘Artist Proofs’ that come from developing the prints for production. I keep the proofs then with watercolor and gouache I hand paint them. I sell these at Bonsai shows and found that they are well received and add to the Bonsai communities appreciation of the art.
Hope you like them.
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