Kwok-Pong ‘Bobby’ Tso

Kwok-Pong Bobby Tso Contemporary ceramic art - Ceramics Now

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“The concept of my recent work is about form, and it grows from my curiosity about space; it investigates the relationship between two objects and it questions how we should make the landscape to react to man-made object. In my work I aim to explore that joyful, interesting, and mysterious relationship between objects and to create compositions with complex configurations though simple and unexpected components.

It is my intention to trigger the viewer to look closer and rediscover the ordinary, yet unfamiliar relationships that exists everywhere within all objects and human beings. Through sensations, communication and exploration, both objects and humans are able to obtain appropriate space and attention. I hope my work is able to look into this perception of the relationships, but more importantly - to enrich this relationship and establish a sense of place.” Kwok-Pong Tso

Kwok-Pong Bobby Tso's C.V. (resume) - View his works

EDUCATION
2011-Present - Master of Fine Arts - Dimensional Practice Focus in Ceramics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2007-2009 - Bachelor of Fine Arts-Ceramics, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2005-2007 - Associate of Arts, Iowa Central Community College, Ft Dodge, IA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2011-Present - Instructor of Record, Form in clay II, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Curriculum development, course planning, full teaching and grade book responsibilities: Ceramics
2009-2010 - Instructor of Record, Night Adult ceramics sessions, Iowa Central Community College, Ft.Dodge, IA
2009-2010 - Instructor of Record, Adjunct Instructor for ceramics, drawing, 2-d design under supervision of Maureen Seamonds, Rusty Farrington, Iowa Central Community College, Ft.Dodge, IA
2009-2010 - Professional Studio Artist, Webster City, IA
2009 - Instructor of Ceramics sessions, All Cultures Equal Inc, Webster City, IA
2009 - Teaching assistant for ceramics, Iowa Central Community College, Ft.Dodge, IA

RESIDENCIES & ASSISTANTSHIPS
2009 - Summer Artist in Resident, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
2009 - Studio Assistant, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
Assisted: Jeff Greenham, Alec Karros, Kyle Houser, Dan Kuhn, Justin Lambert, Frank Martin, Polly Martin, Jim McDowell, Chris Miller, AdamPaulek.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2012 - Jury Artist talk, North West Missouri State University, Student Exhibition, Maryville, MO
2011 - Visiting Artist, North West Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
- Graduated student slide talk
2011 - Assistant for Brad Schwieger, the Clay Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
- Kiln loading
2011 - Visiting Artist, the Clay Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
- Image Presentation and Demo Workshop
2011 - Visiting Artist, Edgewood College, Madison, WI
- Image Presentation and Workshop
2010 - Visiting Artist, Luther College, Decorah, IA
- Image Presentation and Workshop
2009 - Visiting Artist, Webster City, IA
- Soda kiln building
2007 - Visiting Artist, Webster City, IA
- Altering and wheel thrown demonstration
2007, 2006 - Visiting Artist, Kaleidoscope Factory, Pomeroy, IA
- Altering and wheel thrown demonstration

HONORS & AWARDS
2011 - Rodger Lang Award for Student Excellence, NCECA 2011 National Student Juried Exhibition, Tampa, FL
2011-Present - Artaxis.org, Juried Database of Contemporary Ceramics Artist
2011, 2010 - Iowa Arts Fellowship Recipient (one of two major awards yearly)
2010 -  Graduate Student Senate Travel Funds Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2009 - Full Scholarships award, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
2007-2009 - Distinguished Scholars Scholarships award, North West Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2005-2007 - ArtScholarships award, Iowa Central Community College, Ft Dodge, IA

ORGANIZATIONS
2010-Present - Clay society, University of Iowa, Iowa city, IA
2008-2009 - Art Association, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2007-2009 - Clay Club, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2005-2007 - Art Club, Iowa Central Community College, Ft Dodge, IA
2005-2007 - Clay Club, Iowa Central Community College, Ft Dodge, IA

JURIED INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
ART FESTIVALS, EVENTS & AWARDS
2011 - NICHE Awards | 2012 Finalists, Baltimore MD
2011 - Archie Bray foundation 4th annual juried exhibition Beyond the Brickyard, Helena, MT
2011 - Merit Awards, River2 River Juried Show, the Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
2011 - NCECA regional exhibitions, Uncommon Ground” Impact and Influence exhibitionhosted by the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
2011 - Selected Ceramics Graduate showcase, First Friday event hosted by The University of Iowa Museum of Art, HotelVetro, Iowa City, IA
2011 - Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts 60thanniversary celebration- Ceramics Stroll Mosaic Architecture, Helena, MT
2011 - FEATS OF CLAY XXIV, Juried international Exhibition, Lincoln, CA
2011 - Red Lodge Clay Center Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation Bi-Annual Juried National Exhibition,
Red Lodge, MT
2011 - Ceramics Materials and Effects, the ark, university of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2010 - The Clay Studio Member Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2010 - NCECA 2011 National Student Juried Exhibition, Tampa, FL
2010 - Alumni Art Show, Iowa Central Student Art Exhibition, Ft Dodge, IA
2009 - Window to my World, Iowa Central Community College, Ft. Dodge, IA
2009 - Chautauqua Art Festival, Chautauqua, NY
2009 - Annual student exhibition, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
2009 - Best of 3-D, Artists of the 21st Century, West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, TN
2009 - Undergraduate College Student Exhibition13th Annual Juried Competition, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
2009 - Juried Student Exhibition, North West Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2008 - Alumni Art Show, Iowa Central Student Art Exhibition, Ft Dodge, IA
2008 - Juried Student Exhibition, North West Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2008 - Undergraduate College Student Exhibition13th Annual Juried Competition, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
2007 - Best of 3D, Juried Iowa Central Student Art Exhibition, Ft Dodge, IA
2007, 2006 - Juror’s Mention, Iowa Central Student Art Exhibition (Juried), Ft Dodge, IA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 - Design It, Build It, Ride It: Hand craft Bicycle exhibition, Art Building West, Iowa City, Iowa
2011 - The Crafty Boyz, Ceramics Graduate student’s showcase, Drewelowe Gallery, studio art building, University of Iowa
2011 - Ceramics Workshop showcase, Market and Dubuque Display Space, Iowa City, IA
2011 - Graduate Art Congress showcase, event hosted by The University of Iowa,Levitt Center, Iowa City, IA
2011 - Selected Graduate Show case, Studio Art open house, Iowa City, IA
2011 - Underlying Structures, Market and Dubuque Display Space, Iowa City, IA
2010 - The Best Damn show on earth, Graduate Workshop, Market and Dubuque Display Space, Iowa City, IA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Upcoming 2014 - “Industrial landscape”, Pearson lakes art center, Okoboji, IA    
Upcoming 2013 - “Industrial landscape”, Concurrent Independent Exhibition NCECA, Houston, TX
2009 - BFA thesis show, North West Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

COLLECTIONS
2009 - Wall Sculpture for Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
2009 - Ceramics Vase for Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY
2009 - Teapot for Laura Kukkee, Maryville, MO
2009 - Ceramics Plates for Philip Laber, Maryville, MO
2009 - Ceramics Vase for Glenn Williams, Maryville, MO
2009 - Teapot for Armin Muhsam, Maryville, MO
2009 - Ceramics Vase for art department, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2006 - 5 paintings for the music department, Iowa Central Community College, Ft Dodge, IA

PUBLICATIONS
2013 - Dvd with Jake Allee, Ceramic Publication Company, Ceramic Arts Daily    
2012 - Ceramics Now Magazine - Issue nr. 2, Spring 2012
2011 - NCECA Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence - Page 100, Publish Date August 16, 2011
- Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
- NCECA Journal
- National Student Juried Exhibition, Volume 32, 2011
- National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts
2010 - Clay time, Gallery, Volume 16, Issue 86, Springs 2010
2009 - Ft Dodge Message, Raku Firing, Life Style
2007 - Art to Art Palette, Potter’s Shed Section
2008-09 - Fall/Winter Print Journal edition, The Potter’s shed, Dr. Ralph Stuckman, Editor

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