ADDRESS Interview with Billy Cheung of Ball + Cup.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. My curiosity had led me into ceramics, I try keep that spirit alive by applying sculptural elements to traditional tableware, making them functional with a playful vibe. With my background in commercial print, I love working in 3D form for contrast. My vision is to create pieces with minimalism and modernism in mind.
Describe your creative process. I usually combine wheel throwing along with hand building to create my pieces. Exploring underglazes and glazes to create patterns without compromising the handmade features of the work.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? This is a really good question, to be honest I never really experienced major creative blocks. I’ve always been surrounded by talented friends that work in various mediums. I also love galleries and museums as well and would study the artist behind the work. Social media plays a big part as well, with Instagram I’m able to discover and connect with some of my fav artists and makers, whenever I’m in a new city I would get in touch with people and would set up studio visits! It’s amazing seeing their studio life and their creative process! Oh yeah and then there’s rap music, never a dull moment in the studio with rap music.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? I would encourage trial and error, have crazy ideas, put them into action! Study the history on the pioneers before us. It so easy to look around and get inspired by makers, but I find it important to go back and learn about history of our craft.
What’s your dream project? The meaning of Ball + Cup is essentially my dog Darla and I, so I used our favourite things in our life and created our brand name. My dream project would be working more with SPCA and the humane societies around the world, hosting pottery workshops abroad to fundraise and create awareness.
What design trends are you excited about? I’m really exited by the hype around pottery/ceramics again! Through my making years I have noticed the amount of people that has a genuine interest not only collecting but also participating as well. I love how makers nowadays are combining different expertise and practices into the mix and I can totally see it in their work.