蔡明珠 Bloodworth

簡介

台灣高雄工作室——2012

“明珠”顧名思義,在黑暗中綻放光芒。我與她相識近五十載,近半個世紀來,我們分分合合,有時感覺那麼靠近,有時感覺如此遙遠。

她從商場退下來後,一直在尋找新生活,走遍半個地球,找不到一個滿意的定居處。我曾對她說:「有個地方適合你 —— 月球。」這冰冷孤獨的地方,正適合不食人間煙火的她,地球上沒有一個角落能如此清靜,不受干擾。而她不放棄,每天背著行李,地球走透透,尋找她的世外桃源,人間仙境。尋尋覓覓中,讓她見識更淵博,視野更遼闊,思想更奔放。

在我們少不更事的年齡,已成知己。她是天生的藝術家,生命的特質早已顯現,高傲不屈,任性不拘,風雅如詩人,率性像浪子。你永遠捉摸不到她的想法,她的下一步是什麼?也許她自己也不知道,她活得很隨興、豁達,又活得很頑固、堅持。我們常意見相左,觀點迴異,甚至水火不容,可是所有衝突都在相知相惜中化解。她是我生命中的良師益友。她曾對我說:「你要活得長一點,不然我會很寂寞。」

多年前,她愛上大提琴和陶藝,興致勃勃,常聽到她上台拉大提琴,慢慢地沒聽到大提琴的聲音了,卻驚見她的陶藝作品。第一次看到她的作品驚為天人,矛盾又豪放的個性,粗枝大葉又細膩入微的思維,感情澎湃;熱情如火又冷若冰霜,高不可攀,錯綜複雜的人性在她作品中一一展現。

這是她與生俱來的天分,從小到大的放任與縱容,孕育出一個無邊無垠的思想空間,一個勇敢冒險的堅強意志。為追求她心中藝術的真理,捨棄一切的繁華,天涯海角像苦行僧一樣,不斷地探索、邁進,這份美麗堅定的情操令人動容,令人讃嘆,也令我佩服。摒棄一切的困難,必須讓明珠的作品展示給更多人欣賞。

除了陶藝工作外,看書佔據了明珠很大的時間比例,聽音樂、拉大提琴仍是她的最愛,瑜珈、游泳是不能缺少的運動。陪她心愛的小狗Kiana散步在黃昏的海邊,聽著海浪拍岸,有節奏的優美韻律。在這個1994年才獨立的年輕國家克羅地亞 ( Croatia ) ,這兒沒有高聳的大樓、沒有豪華的百貨公司,卻充滿了多元文化匯集的巴爾幹半島。自古以來,這半島接受不同民族、宗教和不同的統治者占領,混合了歐洲各國文化及地中海文化的衝擊,難能可貴的是沒有像英國、法國一樣文化的固執。

她很自在地在此落腳,很逍遙、很舒服地享受本地出產的葡萄酒、橄欖油和美麗的海洋。多麼令人羨慕的神仙般生活,她卻常說自己的生命已在永夜裡。我不同意!人生必有缺陷,但她是 『明珠』 ,她不是一個平凡的普通人。我相信,明珠不管在任何時間、空間,她絕對是巨星般的光芒四射。

 

‘Ming Chu’, literally means a pearl that glows in the dark.  She is my beloved friend of whom I knew for almost 50 years. For nearly half a century, we gather, we part. Sometimes we feel so close to one another but at times, we feel so far apart.

After retiring from her commercial endeavors, she sought after a new life, travelling round the globe but was unable to find a place to settle with content. I once told her that the most suitable place for her is the “moon”. That cold and lonely planet suits best to her solitude, with no disturbances but peace and quietness. She refused to give up and carried her harvest sack wandering around the world searching for a paradise, her paradise, on earth. This constant searching helps her to gain profound insights and expand her vision and thoughts.

At a very young age, we were already confidants. She is a born artist with innate talents. Ming Chu is arrogant and unyielding. Elegant as a poet and yet like a prodigal child at times. You can never fathom her thoughts nor understand her next move, or maybe she herself does not know too. She leads a casual, open-minded life with stubborn persistence. We often disagree, our views are different, even incompatible, but our conflicts will always be resolved with our mutual understanding. She often said I am her mentor and that I have to live longer than her; otherwise she will feel extremely lonely.

Years ago, she fell in love with cello and pottery. I often watch her cello performance in concerts but gradually the sounds disappeared. The reappearing were her pottery works. The first time I saw her works, I was amazed and awed. Her works are controversial and yet demonstrate her uninhibited personality, sloppy at times and yet delicate, displaying feelings of emotion, passion and indifference, unattainable and complexities of human nature. Her artistic works are by no means due to formal training but more of her innate talent.

Since young, Ming Chu’s indulgences have been nurtured and developed into a boundless infinite space for her creativity. Her strong will and her passion to pursue artistic truth, her willingness to give up things of the world, to explore the ends of the earth like a pilgrim, progressing and overcoming all hurdles and challenges to make her artistic work perfect for people to appreciate. This indomitable spirit and determination inspires me and I truly respect and admire her.

Besides pottery, she spends much of her time reading. She loves listening to music, playing the cello too. Doing yoga and swimming, walking her beloved dog, Kiana in the evening by the sea, listening to the rhythmic cadence of waves are also her favorite pastimes. A young independent Croatia, a country in Balkan Peninsula which has neither excessive high rise buildings nor posh shopping malls but fills with mixed Mediterranean European culture, is finally the settling place for Ming Chu since 1994. She enjoys local wines, olive oil and being surrounded by the beautiful ocean. How an enviable fairy-like life and yet she constantly complains that she is living “in an everlasting night”. I disagree. Even if life has its deficiencies, she is Ming Chu, an extraordinary person. I believe that, regardless of “time and space”, Ming Chu is definitely a superstar that glitters and shines brightly.

 

 

1 9 4 4沉思
出生于中华民国 台湾,高雄。
目前居住在克罗地亚 ,在台湾,英国,克罗地亚往返作陶艺

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英国,新加坡,台湾有私人收藏 。

驻留居所
2015, 3 ~ 6月 : 台湾, 台南徐永旭

2014, 10 ~ 12月 : 土耳其
Babayan Culture House, AiR, Cappadocia, Turkey

2014, 6 ~ 7月 : 克罗地亚
Povlja, Croatia

2013, 4 ~ 7月 : 国际陶艺工作室,凯奇凯梅特,匈牙利
International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2012, 11月 : 圣达菲,新墨西哥州,美國
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
陶瓷培训

2011年 ~ 2014年 克罗地亚;乐,蒂姆·贝贝茨和朱莉蒙哥马马利。

2011年 法国;乐,卡罗琳福克斯,Vallabrix。

2007年 ~ 2015年 台湾高雄,林秀娘老师

2004年 ~ 2006年 台湾高雄,梁冠英,李金碧老师
陶瓷培训
2011年 ~ 2014年 克罗地亚;乐,蒂姆·贝贝茨和朱莉蒙哥马马利。
2011年 法国;乐,卡罗琳福克斯,Vallabrix。
2007年 ~ 2015年 台湾高雄,林秀娘老师
2004年 ~ 2006年 台湾高雄,梁冠英,李金碧老师

大师班
2 0 1 4年
丽贝卡•哈钦森,纸粘土雕塑;托斯卡纳La Meridiana 国际陶瓷学院,佛罗伦斯,切尔塔尔多,意大利。
Rebecca Hutchinson, Sculptural approach to paper clay, La Meridiana, Italy

彼得马达莱娜,陶坯;托斯卡纳La Meridiana 国际陶瓷学院,佛罗伦斯,切尔塔尔多,意大利。
Pietro Maddalena, Pottery throwing, La Meridiana, International Centre of Ceramics in
Tuscany, Certaldo-Firenze, Italy

玛丽亚Geszler Garzuly,陶瓷丝网印刷和转移技术;托斯卡纳La Meridiana 国际陶瓷学院,佛罗伦斯,
切尔塔尔多,意大利。
Maria Geszler Garzuly, Ceramics screenprint and transfer techniques, La Meridiana,
International Centre of Ceramics in Tuscany, Certaldo-Firenze, Italy

意大利
Antonella Cimatti, Paper clay with porcelein, La Meridiana, Italy.

2 0 1 3年
玛丽亚Geszler Garzuly,VENUS 印刷技术;弗赖施塔特,菜奥波尔德施拉格,奥地利。
Maria Geszler Garzuly, VÉNUS printing technick, Hafnerhaus Leopoldschlag, Austria

蒂姆•安德鲁,乐;国际陶艺工作室,凯奇凯梅特,匈牙利。
Tim Andrew, Raku, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

伊洛娜Romule,瓷器课程;国际陶艺工作室,凯奇凯梅特,匈牙利。
Ilona Romule, Porcelain course, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2 0 1 2年
苏珊•内梅特,镶嵌彩色瓷器;国际陶艺工作室,凯奇凯梅特,匈牙利。
Susan Nemeth, Inlaid coloured porcelain, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

克羅地亞
Tim Betts, Julie Montgomery, Raku, Povlja, Croatia

2 0 1 1年
法國
Caroline Fawkes, Raku, Avignon, France

 


宇宙萬物之美,不是只有眼睛能看見的那一小部份而已。
隱藏在每個人內心深處的喜怒哀樂,期盼與失落,憂傷與惶恐,
從不停止。這些情愫,深藏不露,偶爾從肢體語言里察覺到。

但世界如此美麗,每天清晨迎接的第一道溫暖陽光,窗外
綠葉上的晨露,小溪清澈的流水,蟲鳴鳥叫流水聲,總會給人一
份難言的喜悅。月光下的身影,或孤單或寂寞。又是如此的淒美


她熱愛生命, 熱愛世界上的一草一木,在她周遭的人與事,
也許人人體會不同,卻一一呈現在我的作品中。為了這份
感覺,決定去流浪。這些年來,走遍半個地球追求陶藝的深層世
界。任何的辛苦,阻擋不了她追求陶藝的決心與熱誠