Tzyy Yi Young / Amy Young

Artist Statement 

A spinning object is a study on fluidity and transformation. The whirling pottery wheel and the rotating glassblowing rod invite me to dance, to move with a piece in a relationship of creation like no other. Both media are malleable, responsive and resilient- they present the possibility of continually reconsidering and reinventing forms to capture different moments. Clay offers the opportunity to directly contact the material, the imprint of my hands forever fixed in the piece. Hot glass holds the record of the symbiotic dependence between me and others, and the communication that emerges between us.

In my work I seek to isolate and cherish positive interactions through the meticulous arrangement of abstract forms. Through minimalism my practice represents moments of intimacy, community, strength and altruism found within the interaction of humans and animals. The correlation between objects and how they are perceived in a space is essential to illustrating a specific moment. Nothing is superficial: the scale, the shape, the lip, the surface, the lighting, the height and the spacing. Each installation tells a story through the carefully selected composition of forms, allowing me to speak to the viewer in the language of shapes.

If a writer has a pen, then wheel and pipe are my pen

If a writer uses ink to write down thoughts, then clay and glass are the ink of my ‘pen’

If a writer uses words as a language to express and create a communication, then forms are my language to communicate to the world.


Though fluent in both English and Mandarin, Tzyy Yi Young speaks in the language of forms. Ms. Young, who goes by Amy in the West, was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Through a chance encounter with ceramics after moving across the world she found her voice. As a writer uses a pen to speak their truth, Ms. Young uses the pottery wheel to shape hers.

Once a student of science, Ms. Young’s analytic and observant nature is fulfilled by creating art through “things that spin”. In her practice, Amy captures her surroundings and translates the world around her into eloquent and simplistic three-dimensional forms. Her love of precision and interest in the relationship between form and function led her to complement her training in ceramic and glassblowing.

Ms. Young received her BFA from the University of Washington in Three Dimensional Forms, and has continued her education at institutions such as Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School. She has served as a research assistant for notable artists in the Pacific Northwest including Mark Zirpel and Amie McNeel. Ms. Young was awarded an International Internship with Rometti in Umbertide, Italy, where she received the Rometti award, earning her work a place in their permanent collection. During 2017, she participated in the highly competitive Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistant Residency and again in the Penland School of Crafts Fall Concentration, where she continued to dissect the vernacular of her surroundings—creating elegant objects in an ordered way out of complicated chaos. She looks forward as always to experimenting with “things that spin” and potentially more during her long residency at Pottery Northwest.

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