Albatross ceramic is a Sydney based small ceramic studio, started by Yang Qiu. Yang explores surfaces and shapes of food in painting and ceramic. Yang works with mould making and slip casting techniques that transforms vegetables (e.g. corn, eggplant, and pumpkin) and fruits (avocado, rockmelon, and mandarin) to functional ceramic tableware.
Yang Qiu multidisciplinary practice in ceramics and
painting has been met with critical acclaim. She is renowned for her unique approach to ceramic creation, which involves
transforming local produce, such as corn, eggplant, avocado, and mandarin, into functional ceramic sculptures, all while
exploring the shapes and surfaces of food in her paintings.
Informed by her background as a pastry chef and her interest in art, Yang began to explore ceramics as a means of artistic expression, studying fine art at UNSW in 2017, with a focus on painting and ceramics. During this time, she
became particularly intrigued by mould making, which allowed her to create objects with striking and unusual forms.
Drawing inspiration from her experiences as an only child, Yang imbues her work with a sense of whimsy and childlike wonder. She often characterizes her creations with faces and legs, as though imbuing them with personalities and identities. Through her artistic process, she envisions herself crafting new friends with whom she can dance and
Yang's work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including "This Is What Your Tax Dollars Are Paying For" at AD Space in 2017, "Ceramics at UNSW Art and Design, Recent Works" at Sydney Craft Week Exhibition at AD Spacein 2017, and "Goodstuff @ Goodspace" at Goodspace Gallery in 2017. In 2019, her work was displayed at the Kerrie
Lowe Gallery in the "The Sydney Teapot Show," and she was a finalist in the prestigious 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize.
Through her distinctive approach to ceramic creation and her exploration of the shapes and surfaces of food, Yang Qiu has established herself as a master of her craft, elevating the humble vegetable and fruit to new heights of artistic expression.