Asahi So is a Sydney-based ceramic artist specialising in wheel-thrown work. He has an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics through Northern Sydney Institute Hornsby TAFE. Having initially trained and worked as a florist both in Australia and overseas, his former trade has been carried over into his current ceramic work, with an emphasis placed on creating vessels for flowers and foliage. Asahi has participated in numerous group shows and been a finalist in several art prizes, and in 2019 was the winner of the Gosford Ceramics Prize.
“In my practice, I often draw on the varied shapes of historical vessels as a design reference, as well as the myriad of vases I have used in my past career as a florist. The pieces in ‘Florescence’ mostly reference the forms of Greek amphorae, as well as the neoclassical interpretations of these forms by companies such as Wedgewood. My aim has been to create vessels that are striking on their own, but when used are able to accentuate and highlight the beauty of something as simple as a single foraged roadside leaf or bloom.” – Asahi So