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Nam Tran
Porcelain spray can sculpture with gold by contemporary ceramicist Nam Tran

2019

$3,500

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Action Can by Nam Tran (b. 1988) Porcelain with colour underglaze, transparent glaze and gold lustre 33 x 15.2 x 15.1 cm (13 x 6 x 6 inches) Initialled and numbered 1/1 on the base Executed in 2019 Provenance Studio of the Artist This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the artist. Artist biography The potter and ceramicist Nam Tran is a UK artist, originally from Vietnam. He studied at Central Saint Martins and then at the Royal College of Arts. During the course of his artistic training at these two prestigious institutions, Tran began to explore the physical qualities of clay and experiment with different materials and alternative firing techniques. This process of experimentation results in highly unique and special works. Tran often creates pieces inspired by his childhood memories of toys and video games, which he did not have at the time. He then decided to create his own toys, made fully out of ceramic. His aim is to ‘create a new movement of ceramics, by breaking the mould from the mundane ordinary pottery assumption to inspire creativity.’ Nam Tran’s latest series of Iffys consists of unique sculptures hand-made by the artist, inspired by childhood memories of toys and cartoons. Through his years of experience, Tran experiments with wheel thrown raku and alternative firing techniques to create unique objects. In particular, Tran is inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of kintsugi or “golden repair”: the art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver or platinum. As well as giving the ceramics a unique appearance, these seams of gold embrace the purposely and carefully created “brokenness” of the piece and highlight that fractures and breaks should be celebrated rather than hidden or disguised. Tran held a teaching position at University College London and runs several pottery studios and workshops in London. He has exhibited internationally and in 2017, he featured as a contestant in the Great Pottery Throw Down on the BBC. His craftsmanship has led him to hold numerous gallery exhibitions throughout the world.

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About Nam Tran (Artist)

British-Vietnamese artist Nam Tran’s handmade sculptures are inspired by his childhood memories of toys, cartoons and popular culture. Throughout his years of experience, Tran has experimented with wheel thrown raku and alternative firing techniques to create unique objects. His craftsmanship has led him to hold numerous gallery exhibitions all over the world. Tran attended Central Saint Martins for his bachelor’s degree, specialising in ceramics. He later enrolled at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London to study sculpture. Tran has also held teaching positions at University College London and runs several studios in London. In 2017 he featured in the “Great Pottery Throw Down” on the BBC.


(Biography provided by Stern Pissarro Gallery)


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