Yang Qiu

"Dancing Squash" Vase - "Fantastic Garden" - June 2024

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"Dancing Squash" ceramic bud vase by Yang Qiu from the "Fantastic Garden" show, June 2024.

This lovely vase is based on the shape of two squashes - one inverted and mounted on four, red-shoed legs, and one on top, adorned with a variety of mushrooms (and hovering bee) that hide a small circular spout at the back.

The squashes are rendered in subtle, gradated hues of lilac and white, and the mushrooms and spout are finished in glossy white (the bee is yellow and black, of course!).

height: 23cm (incl. legs & stalk)
width: 11.5cm
depth: 13cm
opening: 1.5cm
weight: 720g

Handbuilt ceramic bud vase.
Mid fired clay, underglaze, lustre.
Handmade in Australia.

"Fantastic Garden" was Yang Qiu's first solo show at DEA EAST. It features work made during her residency in Jingdezhen, China, where she drew inspiration whilst exploring the local fruit and vegetable markets.

See Yang's other vases from this show, as well as our full range of work by Yang Qiu.

Yang Qiu is a prolific interdisciplinary artist based in Sydney, Australia.

Informed by her background as a pastry chef, her unique approach to ceramic creation, involves transforming local produce, such as corn, eggplants, and mandarins, into functional ceramic sculptures, all while exploring the shapes and surfaces of food in her paintings. 

She imbues her work with a sense of whimsy and childlike wonder, often characterising her creations with faces and legs, as though imbuing them with personalities and identities. 

Read more about Yang Qiu.