About Hannah Jia
Born in Beijing, China, Hannah Jia has been living in Auckland, New Zealand for the last 10 years. Having been brought up in the cultural center of China, she is profoundly influenced by the traditional Chinese art form and culture since childhood. During adolescence, she studied ceramics from a number of famous ceramic artists in Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, the highest institution of Chinese ceramic art and the birthplace of porcelain.
Hannah is a young artist with numerous potentials, who creates ceramic artworks that bring forth the new through the old, combining tradition with modernity. In order to further develop her artistic accomplishment, Hannah came to New Zealand in 2012 to study local culture and art in AUT and Elam School of Fine Arts respectively.
Her personal works not only maintain the Oriental characteristics, but also show a new artistic style, which combines traditional philosophical thinking with a very individualized exploration of modern art.
A great demonstration of the cultural versatility of ceramics, and thus also the range of meanings and allusions possible with this medium. Successful use of colors --- the algal green, the blue, and white that approximated surf while also alluding to traditional porcelain hues. Great use of cracking and craquelure too. All the aesthetic decisions seemed to have been arrived at through a process of reflective intuition and effective synthesis of ideas. A high level of creative performance throughout.