Following the two top prizes won by ceramic artists Liu Jung-hui (劉榮輝) and Cho Ming-shun (卓銘順) at the 10a Bienal Internacional de Cerámica "Ciudad de Talavera" (International Ceramic Biennale - City of Talavera) and the 11th Korean International Ceramic Biennale, respectively, Taiwanese ceramic artists have once again stood out at an international ceramics competition. Senior ceramist Yu Cheng-chung (余成忠) and young talent Julien Tang (唐禹婷) won the first and second prizes of the 41st Concurs Internacional de Cerámica de l'Alcora (International Ceramics Competition of l'Alcora), receiving the highest honor for Taiwanese ceramic artists.
Yu, who won the top prize in the competition for his artwork "The ripple of the spring (花漾)," is adept at creating with clay and mixed media. Previously, he also won the first prize at the 39th International Ceramic Art Competition of Gualdo Tadino City and received an honorable mention at the 20a Biennal de Ceràmica d'Esplugues Angelina Alós. The jury praised Yu for his high level of skill which is required to create such a delicate piece with a lot of subtle detail.
Tang, a graduate student at the New York State College of Ceramics, was selected for the 31st Concurs Internacional de Cerámica de l'Alcora in 2011 and won the second prize after ten years. Her half-body sculpture "Maybe-Sometime - Never Event (還未)" was acclaimed for its android-like appearance, perfect, static, yet dramatic, leaving the viewers lingering and feeling nostalgic.
In addition to Yu and Tang, Taiwanese artists Zen Siang-syuan (曾祥軒), Chen Chiung-ju (陳瓊茹), Liu Yi-xuan (劉乙萱), Chen Shao-yi and Chen Zi-yun were also selected in the competition. The awards ceremony will be held at the Ceramic Museum of l'Alcora on Oct. 7, and the artworks will be exhibited through Dec. 30.