Alvin Tan Yuan Kiat
Alvin Tan began his art education in 1997 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. In 2003, he embarked on a journey to Australia where he pursued his higher education in the art of ceramic making at the Chisholm Institution in Victoria and the National Arts School in Sydney. Upon his graduation with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts with Distinctions from the National Arts School in 2006. Alvin undertook his postgraduate program at the Australian National University in 2010. Under the sponsorship of NAFA, Alvin successfully obtained the Master of Visual Art in 2011.
As an object maker, Alvin Tan produces ceramic objects that attempts to present subjective interpretation of the existential dilemma of our current age. He had vividly exhibited locally and abroad. Alvin was a feature Singaporean artist at the Singapore High Commission in Australia at the celebration of Singapore's 46th National Day. His works are collected by the private collectors from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Australia, as well as various institutions - The Australian Institute of Architects, The Canberra School of Arts, NAFA Gallery, Ngee Ann Kongsi, are also some of his collectors.
Singapore-born, China-raised - Adeline Chong is a multi-disciplinary artist and graphic designer. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and has a Certificate of Graphic Design from Chicago Portfolio School.
Adeline's practice focuses on the act of exploration. She makes and attempt to make, anything and everything; as long as it is exciting. Currently, she is exploring design, illustration and ceramics.
Her journey with ceramics started in high school, dabbling first in hand building. After living in the US, she moved home in 2018. In 2020, Adeline joined The 8th Floor Creative Space hoping to create more tactile 3D work, hone her wheel throwing skills and spend less hours in the digital realm.
A self-proclaimed non-artsy person, Grace comes from a tech background and started her pottery journey through an experience (with The 8th Floor Creative Space in 2017). During her pottery experience, Grace rediscovered her love for hands-on craft and a sense of peace while throwing on the wheels that helped her to balance out her hectic tech day job.
Fast forward to 20+ months later, Grace is currently building a more substantial body of work and finding her identity and style as a potter. In the long run, she also aims to publish educational pieces that is fundamentals of pottery and why things behave as they do through physics and chemistry.
To share the joy of wheel throwing to new learners, she is currently teaching wheel throwing at The 8th Floor Creative Space so that the learners can come out of the course with the confidence to produce their own works and hopefully, interest to explore pottery further if that's their cup of tea.
Having started hand building at a young age and enjoying every bit of it. Rachael Wong ventured into wheel throwing years later while in search of an activity to help relieve the pressure from her full time job as a Brand Manager in an advertising agency.
Rachael has been honing her skills in creating simple form ceramic objects for the past several years. Blending her love for both minimalism and playful colors, bringing a perfect marriage of the twos for her works.
As an aspiring potter, she loves to share what she learnt and also how pottery has helped provide a time and space to recenter while creating functional pieces and beautiful gifts for her loved ones.