The Ceramics of Tajul Shuhaizam Said

By Tajul Shuhaizam Said, Harozila Ramli and Mohd Fauzi Sedon.

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After years of doing ceramics, which include the standard pieces of pottery with a bulbous body, a handle, a spout, incised, then glazed, fired and finally exhibited, I beginning to understand that there should be more than one way to appreciate forms. A teapot, or instance, is supposed to contain hot water into which to drop a tea bag: the form and function way of looking at things. Now, I see form as something separate from function: form as form, whose functions are unclear. I would rather insist that the function is purely visual. The object stands by itself, embodying its own object-ness, celebrating its own uniqueness, inviting any number of interpretations as to what it is. Using sponge cut into shape, and then dipped in liquidized ‘eco clay’, I experiments with a variety of bulging forms that resemble things in nature: twisted trunk, deformed rock, petrified embryo, encrusted mushrooms, and enlarged human organ. When the viewer confers such resemblances, I have been lured into participating with nature, just as I have done, prior to, or as I create, these bulges and humps. Whatever narratives that follow henceforth enrich the viewer’s appreciation of a form as a thing-in-itself, one in which ideas begat other ideas, familiar as well as unfamiliar ones, the ordinary and the sublime weaving themselves as part of the subtext, the implicit message. I wants to see whether this is one way to expand the boundaries of what is acceptable in an art I has been so long tamed in recognizable shapes, glazed, smooth, and when held on a pedestal, untouchable.

Keywords: Ceramics, Tajul Shuhaizam Said

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.13-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.052MB).

Dr. Tajul Shuhaizam Said

Senior Lecturer, Art Department, University of Education Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Born in 1974 in kedah, Malaysia, Tajul received a Bachelor of Design in Ceramic from University Technology Mara in 1997, and Master of Art in Surface design from the University of Central England in 2002, and PhD from University of Science Malaysia (2005-2008). His selected group exhibition include local and International.Tajul also has done numerous research papers in Ceramic include: “Ceramic porcelain paper Clay” (2001-2002) in University of Central Endland,England, “Ceramic Fiber clay”, (2003-2004) in University Pendidikan Sultan Idris; “Mambong Pottery in Kelantan” (2005-2008) University Science Malaysia, and “Eco Clay” (2008-2010), in University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Dr. Harozila Ramli

Senior Lecturer, Art Department, University of Education Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Born in 1975 in Kelantan, Malaysia, Harozila studied at University of Technology Mara from 1995-1998. She obtained her BA from University Tehcnology Mara (UiTM), Art Teaching Diploma from University Tehcnology Mara in 1999, Master of Art in Textile and surface Design from University of Central England in Birmingham in 2002,PhD in Art from University Science Malaysia in 2005-2008. She has participated group shows include local and international. She also had publish article and research in batik and textile field in Malaysia such as ‘Batik painting’ and ‘Painting batik’ in Malaysia Modern art (2008, USM), Exploring nature fiber as medium for fiber art, (2006, UPSI)and fiber and fabric, (2006, UPSI)

Dr. Mohd Fauzi Sedon

Lecturer, Department of Art, Faculty of Art, Computing and Creative Industry, University of Education Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Completed my Bachelor of Fine Art at the MARA University of Technology, Malaysia in 1993, MA of Fine Art at the University of Central England, Birmingham in 1996, and PhD at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Australia in 2007. I has been included in numerous exhibitions including the Annual Members Show: CAST Gallery Hobart, Australia 2005, 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2004, Identities: National Art Gallery, Malaysia 2002. Solo enxibitions include Screen Part 2: Inflight Gallery, Hobart, Australia 2006, Screen: Sidespace Gallery, SAC Hobart Australia 2006, Packages part 2: Avago Gallery, SAC Hobart Australia 2005, Packages: Sidespace Gallery, SAC Hobart Australia 2005, Statement Series-True Colours: NN Gallery, Malaysia 2004.


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