Ceramicist, author, and professor Yao Bo discusses her ceramic practice and the theoretical, social, and aesthetic concerns that shape it. She discusses her commitment to feminist practice, and her recognition of the role of unnamed women and craftpersons in the long history of ceramics in China. She discusses the role of “elemental” thinking (earth, wind, water, fire, human) in her work and the techniques she employs to allow the expression of elementality with the least possible human interference. She also discusses the distinctive space she created in the mountains near her university for ceramic and other artistic practices, and her philosophical and aesthetic distance from the commercial sector.
The Language of Fire: An Interview with Yao Bo
Christopher Connery is professor of literature and cultural studies at UC Santa Cruz and is Ziqiang Professor of Cultural Studies at Shanghai University. He has published on imperial Chinese literary culture, capitalist oceanic geographies, the global 1960s, and contemporary Chinese intellectual politics. He is currently working on a book project on Chinese neoliberalism.
Christopher Connery; The Language of Fire: An Interview with Yao Bo. boundary 2 1 May 2019; 46 (2): 241–254. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-7497208
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