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Wen-Hsi Harman

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Personal statement

Wen-Hsi Harman is a Taiwanese ceramic artist based in Bristol. Her ceramic practice investigates cross-cultural identity through clay.

Wen-Hsi creates a series of ceramic works based on handmade sculptural porcelain spoons, fingerprints, bananas, and traditional Chinese characters to explore tension of cross-cultural identity between the East and the West through clay.

Academic qualifications

  • Foundation Certificate, Creative Writing, Cardiff University, UK
  • MA Contemporary Crafts (Ceramics), University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
  • MA History of Art in China (Ceramics), National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • BA Chinese Literature, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Professional qualifications

  • 2017 Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Professional memberships

Thesis title

On edge: exploring cross-cultural identity through ceramic practice

Research supervisors

Professor Anita Taylor, Professor Keith Harrison, Dr Conor Wilson.

Research overview

This project investigates the concept of 'in-betweenness' and uses a range of research methods including fieldwork and oral history interviews in Taiwan and practice-led work in ceramics. Wen-Hsi's research question is: How can a creative practitioner explore cultural identity and 'in-betweenness' through developing a language that brings together her studio practice and her fieldwork?

This project develops the idea of practice as a form of research, widens awareness and proposes new ways for ceramicists to explore the experience of being 'in-between' to develop cultural identity through clay.

Research interests

Ceramics, cross-cultural identity, oral history, creative practice research.

Research and academic outputs

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Research impact in relation to my ceramic art practice
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Harman, W.H (2017) Research impact in relation to my ceramic art practice. In: Bath Spa University Early Stage Researcher Conference: Impact, 8 June 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.


Taiwanese cultural identity: revelations through contemporary ceramic practice
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Harman, W.H (2016) Taiwanese cultural identity: revelations through contemporary ceramic practice. In: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Lecture Series, 25 October 2016, BRLSI, Bath, UK.


Ceramic bananas: looking at Taiwanese cultural identity
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Harman, W.H (2016) Ceramic bananas: looking at Taiwanese cultural identity. In: Bath Spa University Early Stage Researcher Conference: Ethics, 16 May 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.


Exploring Taiwanese cultural identity through contemporary ceramic practice
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Harman, W.H (2016) Exploring Taiwanese cultural identity through contemporary ceramic practice. In: New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum Artist Talks, 20 February 2016, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei, Taiwan.


Exploring Taiwanese cultural identity through contemporary ceramic practice
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Harman, W.H (2015) Exploring Taiwanese cultural identity through contemporary ceramic practice. In: 8th Annual Conference of the Taiwanese Society of Young Scholars for Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe, 26 - 27 June 2015, University of Paris, Paris, France.


Taiwanese culture identity: object, smell, time
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Harman, W.H (2014) Taiwanese culture identity: object, smell, time. In: Fireworks Now! Ceramic Symposium, 26 - 27 June 2014, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales.


Taiwanese women potters – an initial fieldtrip
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Harman, W.H (2013) Taiwanese women potters – an initial fieldtrip. In: Ceramics - Filming, Recording, Digitising, Archiving, 2013, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales.


Bath Society of Artists: 112th Exhibition [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2017) Bath Society of Artists: 112th Exhibition [group exhibition]. Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK, 20 May - 15 July 2017.


In-Between
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Harman, W.H (2017) In-Between. Workers Gallery, Porth, Wales, 25 May - 10 June 2017.


The Button Project [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2017) The Button Project [group exhibition]. Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Tenby, Wales, 12 April - 14 August 2017.


Happy to have Earth 地球
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Harman, W.H (2017) Happy to have Earth 地球. In: Pay & Display Prize 2017, Centrespace, Bristol, UK, 4 – 15 February 2017.


Cultural homelessness
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Harman, W.H (2017) Cultural homelessness. In: Cause and Complexity, The Island Gallery Space, Bristol, UK, 20 - 24 February 2017.


ICMEA 2016 Emerging Artists Competition [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2016) ICMEA 2016 Emerging Artists Competition [group exhibition]. International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China, 26 October 2016 - 26 October 2017.


30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2016) 30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award [group exhibition]. The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Australia, 27 August - 23 October 2016.


Floating Writing
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Harman, W.H (2016) Floating Writing. Bath Spa University Library, Bath, UK, 18 March - 15 April 2016.


The Human Condition [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2016) The Human Condition [group exhibition]. MADL, Taipei, Taiwan, 20 February - 4 March 2-16.


The Language of Ceramics
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Harman, W.H (2016) The Language of Ceramics. New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei, Taiwan, 20 February - 15 March 2016.


Identity: Story of the Object
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Harman, W.H (2015) Identity: Story of the Object. Bath Spa University Library, Bath, UK, 10 November - 8 December 2015.


Good to Eat: A Dialogue Between Two Taiwanese Artists in the UK
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Chang, W.H and Harman, W.H (2015) Good to Eat: A Dialogue Between Two Taiwanese Artists in the UK. PAPER Arts, Bristol, UK, 4 - 10 August 2015.


Taiwanese female ceramicists [curator]
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Harman, W.H (2015) Taiwanese female ceramicists [curator]. PAPER Arts, Bristol, UK, 11 -17 August 2015.


Small Art Objects: Fire for Effect [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2015) Small Art Objects: Fire for Effect [group exhibition]. Atelier A.I.R Vallauris, Vallauris, France, 1 July - 13 August 2017.


Identity
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Harman, W.H (2015) Identity. In: Fusion - Where Two Minds Collide, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK, 17 July - 2 October 2015.


The Ceramic Festival [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2015) The Ceramic Festival [group exhibition]. Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark, 3 - 13 July 2015.


The Other Art Fair [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2015) The Other Art Fair [group exhibition]. Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 5 - 7 June 2015.


New Designers 2015 [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2015) New Designers 2015 [group exhibition]. Business Design Centre, London, UK, 24 - 27 June 2015.


The identity
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Harman, W.H (2015) The identity. In: 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Icheon, South Korea, 24 April - 31 May 2015.


A Disappearing Culture: The Amis Earthenware Tradition in Taiwan [curator]
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Harman, W.H (2015) A Disappearing Culture: The Amis Earthenware Tradition in Taiwan [curator]. Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, UK, 17 January - 31 May 2015.


Transformation [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2015) Transformation [group exhibition]. 44AD, Bath, UK, 12 - 18 January 2015.


Flowering
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Harman, W.H (2015) Flowering. In: Wells Art Contemporary Prize Exhibition, Bishop's Palace, Wells, UK, 2015.


Untitled
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Harman, W.H (2014) Untitled. In: Art on a Postcard, Whitfield Fine Art, London, UK, 11 -13 November 2014.


The white bananas
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Harman, W.H (2014) The white bananas. In: Annual Open: The 30th Year, CGP London Gallery, London, UK, 26 November - 14 December 2014.


The sculptural spoons
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Harman, W.H (2014) The sculptural spoons. In: Muse: The Collection Inspires, Holburne Museum, Bath, UK, 10 - 24 October 2014.


Rose petal & Taiwan, dolphin, banana & My homeland - Taiwan
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Harman, W.H (2014) Rose petal & Taiwan, dolphin, banana & My homeland - Taiwan. In: Materiality, 44AD, Bath, UK, 22 - 27 July 2014.


Crime waves
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Merron, J, Simpson, E, McKenzie, M and Harman, W.H (2014) Crime waves. In: Creative Sparks: Commons Launch Event, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, 6 June 2014.


Laura's eye & Laura banana
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Harman, W.H (2014) Laura's eye & Laura banana. In: Laura's Place, 44AD, Bath, UK, 27 June - 6 July 2014.


Chicken ceremony
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Harman, W.H (2012) Chicken ceremony. In: World Event: Young Artists 2012, Nottingham, UK, 7 - 16 September 2012.


Happy chicken
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Harman, W.H (2012) Happy chicken. In: Great Summer Exhibition, Butetown History & Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK, 3 July - 5 August 2012.


Emerge [group exhibition]
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Harman, W.H (2009) Emerge [group exhibition]. Farnham Maltings, Farnham, UK, 2009.


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