Jolie Ngo (b. 1996) is a ceramic artist who expands the potential of the vessel form by creating vibrant, cyborgian objects that acknowledge past ceramic traditions while smiling towards the future. In her own words: “I want to show the ceramic vessel as a future-form that can still hold memories of the past.”
In her practice, Ngo utilizes new technologies, working primarily with a ceramic 3D printer and rapid prototyping. With these tools, she subverts the narrative around crafting objects with one’s own hands to create work that she labels “The New Handmade”. Ngo then reintroduces the hand by lovingly dressing her forms in energetic geometric patterns and seductively hazy gradients that mimic digital effects.
Currently four years sober, Ngo’s sobriety and ceramic practice coincide with one another. Ceramics helped her move forward by fostering feelings of glee and acceptance, creating a space to positively connect with complex and challenging memories. For Ngo, applying digital techniques to clay vessels actualizes a process of renewal and reinvention on familiar bodies and forms. In this way, her practice remakes and reconsiders the histories of craft traditions, as well as past versions of herself.
Born and raised in and outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jolie Ngo holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Western New York, where she is currently an MFA candidate at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.