More than 40 years of craftmanship

Since 1976, Cheah Yeow Seng has been working closely with ceramics. 

In hope of bringing the art to the public, he teaches pottery in his studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

To express his views and thinking, he translates them into functional pottery artworks,

incorporating art into daily lives for all to admire.

Cheah Yeow Seng kneading clay

How the passion started

The passion started when Cheah Yeow Seng was in primary school. Part of a school project, he was required to make a face mask out of clay. The class then went to a brick factory to get their own clay for the task. From then, he would sometimes use clay to make some small figurines with his friends.

1976

Coming to Kuala Lumpur

To continue his post-secondary education, Cheah Yeow Seng came to Kuala Lumpur from Sungai Petani, Kedah. While still studying, he helped out at Kuala Lumpur College of Art (KLCA) in Subang doing ceramic production works.

 

During then, he was pursuing his Diploma in Accounting. However, at that time, he knew that all he wanted was to pursue a ceramics course - which his Asian parents deemed a career that 'does not make much'. He worked in accountancy for 2 years before deciding that it was not for him and made a big decision to pursue the art of ceramics.

Image by Elliot Andrews

1979

A leap of faith

Cheah Yeow Seng started pursuing a ceramics course in 1979 and graduated from Kuala Lumpur College of Art (KLCA) in 1984. From 1985, he taught students as a pottery assistant and then moved on to being a ceramic lecturer in KLCA. Since then, he has created hundreds of artisan pottery pieces and has had many exhibitions both locally and internationally. 

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