Chua Soo Kim

Started pottery as his profession since the age of 15, Soo Kim is a family-trained potter of great skill with passion. At this young age, he trained and worked in Glaze Research Department at Sam Mui Kuang Pottery, the Dragon Kiln which was also known as Hwi Yoh.

Soo Kim joined Studio 106 to become member in 1986 which was headed by Sculptor Ng Eng Teng. In 1990, he was invited to be a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, followed by National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in 1991. The potter became one of the Ceramic Committee member and Tutor at Centre for the Arts at Centre for the Arts in National University of Singapore in 1999.

Soo Kim has been actively participative in exhibitions, both Solo and Group, throughout the years since 1987, and showcases his unique works in public exposures. He started pottery classes in Sam Mui Kuang Pottery in 1986 and also teaches in many schools for the years till date.

Education & Training:

1995 Glaze Workshop – Outer Eastern College of TAFE, Melbourne, Australia
1970 – 1994 Trained and worked at Sam Mui Kuang Pottery in Glaze Research Department
1991 Wood Firing and Paper Kiln Firing Workshop
– Koyama Pottery, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
1982 & 1983 Learnt glaze technology under Professor Joe Chesterton from Queensland, Australia


Work Experience:

Since 1993 Leader of Hwi Yoh Ceramic Group
Since 1987 Set-up pottery studio at Sam Mui Kuang Pottery for pottery classes
Since 1973 Master Potter at Sam Mui Kuang Pottery
1999 – 2008 Ceramic Committee Member and Tutor at Centre for the Arts
– National University of Singapore
1984 – 2001 Member of Studio 106 headed by Sculptor Ng Eng Teng
1991 – 1999 Part-Time Lecturer, National Institute of Education
– Nanyang Technological University
1990 – 1991 Part-Time Lecturer – Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts


Teaching Experience in Schools:

1994 – 1995 Anderson Secondary School
1994 – 2003 Dunearn Secondary School
1995 Radin Mas Primary School
1995 Siglap Secondary School
1995 Trainer, Advanced Ceramic In-Service Course, Ministry of Education
1996 Yuhua Secondary School
1996 Ngee Ann Secondary School
1997 Pasir Ris Secondary School
1997 – 1999 ISS International School
1999 Riverside Secondary School
1999 Jurong Institute
1999 – 2001 St Joseph Institution
2007 – 2008 St Joseph Institution
2000 – 2010 Balestier Hill Secondary School
2000 St Hildas Secondary School
2002 GreenRidge Secondary School
2003 St Andrew’s Secondary School
2003 Tanglin Trust School, Senior School-Art Dept
2003 – 2004 Deyi Secondary School
2003 – 2004 North View Secondary School
2004/2006/2007 Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
2005 Admiralty Secondary School
2005/2009 CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ Secondary School
2005 – 2006 St Patrick's School
2006 Serangoon Junior College
2007 Jurong West Secondary School
2007 Pioneer Junior College
2008 Bukit Panjang Govt High School
2008/2009 Nan Hua High School
2008 Naval Base Secondary School
2008/2009 Springfield Secondary School
2008 Victoria Junior College
2009 Raffles Girls' Secondary School
2009/2010 St Margaret’s Secondary School
2010 Raffles Junior College


Public Exposure:

2010/Mar Pit Firing Workshop – Art Camp Activity
– Bukit Panjang Govt. High School
2009/Dec Pottery Education Tour
– University of Otago, Dunedin Polytechnic Ceramic Dept. New Zealand.
2008/Nov Wood-Firing Workshop & Wood-Fired Ceramic Education Tour
– Taiwan
2007/Dec Pottery Education Tour
– New South Wales & Victoria, Australia
2006/Dec Pottery Education Tour
– New Zealand
2006/May MOE Art Creative Workshop
– National University of Singapore – Centre for the Arts
2006/Feb Glaze Hands-On workshop
– Whampoa Community Club
2005/Dec Pottery Education Tour – Taiwan
2005/Oct Talk cum Demonstration – Glazes and Firing
– Whampoa Community Club – Ceramic Art Club
2005/Apr Demonstration on Wheel Throwing & Glazing Techniques
– Changkat Community Club – Ceramic Art Club
2004/Dec Pottery Education Tour
– Victoria & Tasmania, Australia
2004/Jul Pit-Fired Workshop
– Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School – Touched Strictly Ceramic Exhibition
2004/May Pit-Fired Workshop
–Whampoa Community Club – Ceramic Art Club
2003/Jan Talk Cum Demonstration – Ceramic History of Singapore
– Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore
1998 to 2003 Jan Pottery Education Tour
– Victoria, Australia
2002/Apr Pit-Fired Workshop
– National Art Council, Tanglin Community Club
2000/Aug Live Demonstration on Hand Coiling
– NUS Museum, National University of Singapore
1997/Jun Pottery Education Tour – Taiwan
1995/Dec Pottery Education Tour & Workshop
– Outer Eastern College of TAFE, Victoria, Australia
1995/May Teachers In-Service, Advanced Ceramic Course
– Ministry of Education, North View Secondary School
1994/Feb Live Demonstration on Wheel Throwing
– Teochew Cultural Month, Singapore Art Festival
1992/Dec Pottery Education Tour – New Zealand
1990/Jun Live Demonstration on Wheel Throwing
– Singapore Art Festival, Centre Point
1987/Mar Live Demonstration on Wheel Throwing
– National Ceramic Show, National Museum Youth Gallery


Solo Exhibitions:

2006/Oct Metamorphosis
– Red Sea Gallery
1999/Sep Firing With SSSS, Sagger, Sawdust, Salt, Seaweeds
– Sculpture Square
1994/Aug Firing in the Sawdust
Singapore Conference Hall


Group Exhibitions:

2011/Oct Ceramix 2011 – Simply Clay
– Drama Centre, National Library Building
2009/Apr Passion in Clay
– Black Earth Gallery
2009/Mar Passion in Clay 2009
– Whampoa Arts Station, MICA Building
2009/Mar Precious Things
– Charkol Gallery, Mandai Orchid Garden
2008/Nov Ceramix 2008 – Cone 6 & Beyond
– Hwi Yoh Group, Drama Centre, National Library
2007/Jun Shanghai Folk Art Exposition
Passion in Clay - Singapore
– Shanghai, China
2006/Nov Ceramix 2006 – Cone 6
– Hwi Yoh Group, Drama Centre, National Library
2006/Aug Whampoa Community Club 10th Years Anniversary Exhibition
– National Library
2005/Sep Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition
– Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
2005/Jul Ceramitivity – The Third Statement
– University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore
2004/Sep Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition
– Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
2004/Jul TOUCHED – Strictly Ceramic Art Exhibition
– Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
2002/Aug Ceramitivity – The Second Statement
– University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore
2001/Sep Raffles Marina Supporting the Arts Programme
Raffles Marina Club
2000/Sep Claytivity 2000
– Studio 106, Paragon Gallery
1999/Sep Ceramix '99
– Hwi Yoh Group, Tanglin Mall, Tanglin Shopping Centre
1999/Jul Ceramitivity – The First Statement
– Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore
1998/Jun President's Charity Art Exhibition
– National Art Council, Tourism Court
1997/May Ceramix '97
– Hwi Yoh Group, UOB Plaza
1997/Mar Direction 3
– 3-men Show, Substation Gallery
1996/Sep National Institute of Education, Division of Arts Exhibition
– Singapore Art Museum
1996/Aug Crystal in the Glaze by Chua Soo Khim & Chua Soo Kim
– Singapore Conference Hall
1996/Jun Art Etcetera
– Mandarin Hotel
1996/May Claytivity '96
– Studio 106, Goethe Institute
1995/May Ceramix '95
– Hwi Yoh Group, Singapore Conference Hall
1993 Teawares by 14 Potters
– Studio 106, National Museum Youth Gallery
1991 Claytivity '91
– Studio 106, Goethe Institute
1989 Claytivity '89
– Studio 106, Goethe Institute
1987/Mar Transformation Image, Contemporary Ceramics in Singapore
– National Ceramic Exhibition, National Museum


Public Collections:

Beaufort Hotel, Singapore
DBS Bank, Singapore
Delgro Comfort, Singapore
Hyatt Hotel, Singapore
Keppel Offshore & Marine, Singapore
Keppel Shipyard, Singapore
Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
National Art Council, Singapore
National Museum, Singapore
National Parks Board, Singapore
Nationa University of Singapore, Centre for the Arts, Singapore
Regent Hotel, Singapore
Sembawang Shipyard Pty Ltd, Singapore


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