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Sami Tsang

Sami Tsang


Growing up as the youngest child of a conservative Hong Kong family, my voice was not welcomed. The ability to speak faded away. At 12, I moved back to Canada, where a series of traumatic issues were created by the constant flux amidst two cultures - Chinese and Western. At 20, I began to resist my traditional role. Every day, I process my progress. I gather stories of domestic encounters and private narratives. Simultaneously, I find relationships between these stories and the materials I use in my practice, such as resin, rice paper and ball point pen. I ask: Is clay actually the old grump? Does making humorous sculpture help me to strip down guilt? Can using ball point pen bring back innocence? In Chinese culture, it is forbidden to speak of family shame. My ultimate goal is to face head-on the heavy hearted matter. When the heart allows, I convert these stories through the work of cartoonistic gesture into bearable, yet straightforward imagery to reveal the raw emotional experiences we share. Over time, I hope the sweet anticipation for mooncake parties will become fruitful.


Sami Tsang was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. She studied traditional Chinese painting for 7 years, until she returned to Canada to pursue her passion for art. She began her study of ceramics in the specialized art program at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario. In 2015, she enrolled in the ceramics program at Sheridan College, where she was introduced to the broader clay community, and guided attentively by her professors and peers. Tsang earned a Master of Fine Art in - Ceramic Art at Alfred University (NY) in 2021. She has relocated to Toronto and established a studio here.


  • 2021 - MFA degree, Ceramic Art, Alfred University, NY, USA
  • 2019 - Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design, Ceramics, Sheridan College, Canada
  • 2015 - BealArt Secondary Art School, London, ON, Canada
  • 2022 - Artist in Residency, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  • Upcoming
  • 2023 - Solo exhibition, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto
  • 2022 - SMASH, Gardiner’s annual art party, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2022 - Above Board Tableware exhibition, Above Board Ceramics, virtual
  • 2022 - Duo-Show, Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC, USA
  • 2022 - Earth Oracles exhibition of contemporary ceramics, Mayten’s Project, Toronto
  • 2022 - Curated show, Art Center Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Invitational, Solo & Group Exhibitions
  • 2022 - Solo Show, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, USA
  • 2022 - Group exhibition, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto
  • 2021 - Mooncake Party, Gardiner Museum Award Winner, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2021 - Award Exhibition, Craft Ontario, Toronto
  • 2021 - Solo Show, Charlie Cumming Gallery, Gainesville, FL
  • 2021 - Alfred MFA 2021 Group Exhibition, Sculpture Space, Long Island City, NY
  • 2021 - Above Board Tableware exhibition, Above Board Ceramics, virtual
  • 2021 - Virtual Markers Market, The Ceramic Congress, The Ceramic School, USA
  • 2021 - Canadian Exhibition, curated by Carole App, The Ceramic School, USA
  • 2021 - 15th Yunomi Show, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • 2021 - Mooncake Party, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
  • 2020 - Crafts in the Art: International Virtual Exhibition, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • 2020 - Y’all Virtual Sale, Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, Texas
  • 2020 - Americano 2020, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • 2020 - 14th Yunomi Show, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • 2020 - Confluence, Robert C.Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY, USA
  • 2019 - The Intimate Object XV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • 2019 - The Functional Canvas IV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • 2019 - NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2019 - Bonspiel Mug Show, Hennepin Made, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2019 - Sheridan Ceramics Graduate Exhibition, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2019 - All Year Ceramics Exhibition, Craft and Design, Sheridan Gallery, Oakville, Canada
  • Upcoming
  • 2023 - Canadian Clay Symposium, Demonstrating Artist, Burnaby, BC
  • 2022 - New Clay Conference, Demonstrating Artist, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2021 - Craft Ontario, Artist talk, Award Exhibition, Toronto
  • 2020 - Make and Do Ceramics, From the Personal to the Universal, Artist talk/Demo, virtual
  • 2021 - Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Inc, Clay Supply Grant, Craft Ontario, Toronto
  • 2019 - Clifford Scholarship, for exceptional personal achievement, Sheridan College
  • 2019 - Gardiner Museum Award Winner, You Know What I Mean, Toronto
  • 2019 - Mudtools Merit Award, NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Minneapolis
  • 2019 - FUSION Scholarship Award, Fusion, Toronto
  • 2018 - Joan Bennet Award, for outstanding achievement, Sheridan College
  • 2017 - Best In Show Award, Made In Canada, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2021 - Introduction to Hand-building, Brooke Cashion, Alfred University, NY
  • 2020 - Sophomore Intro to Hand-building, Meghan Smythe, Alfred University, NY
  • 2020 - Ceramic Pottery II, John Gill, Alfred University, NY
  • 2019 - Observational Drawing, Alfred University, NY
  • 2021 Renaissance Venice, exhibition installation, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2017 - 2019 summer Studio Assistant for Timothy Smith, Gleason Brook Pottery, Wiarton, ON
  • 2021 - 2017 Gardiner Shop, Ceramics, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • 2020 - Chinese Lunar Zodiac Cup Sale, Wing On Wo, New York City, USA
  • 2018 - Mug Sale, The Elora Cafe, Elora, ON, Canada
  • 2018 - Holiday Guelph Sale, The Guelph Potters Market, Guelph, ON, Canada
  • 2018 - Guest Artist Sale, Owen Sound Artist’ Co-op, Owen Sound, ON, Canada
  • 2018 - Spring Guelph Sale,The Guelph Potters Market Guelph, ON, Canada
  • 2017 - St.Lawrence Art Market Sale, Toronto
  • Cantonese, English, Mandarin

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