top of page


My first recollection of clay was at my late-grandparents' hardware store in Taipei. The store carried everything from pots and pans, to screws and nails. That was my first time seeing bundles and bundles of ceramics bowls carried on a mover’s shoulder, being moved matter-of-factly into my grandpa's store. Because of this unique circumstance, I never got into trouble when I accidentally broke a bowl or two, so never grew up feeling ceramics were precious or had to be coddled. My love with ceramics began there.

The action or implication of breaking became a tradition for many cultures – in the US, we give encouragement by saying "break a leg." Breaking glasses during Jewish weddings can represent both joy and sadness. The Finnish also have a tradition of breaking plates, with the number of broken shards representing the number of children the newlyweds can expect to have. A German tradition is for guests to break plates for good luck before entering the bride's house. The list goes on with similar traditions in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Greece and others. Once the functional ceramics are broken, the utilitarian purpose takes on different meanings.

A perfect clay vase that is dropped and squashed during its plastic stage takes on a completely new form. That physical impact on clay is what intrigues me. My work explores various states of impact and breaking. Through repetition and deconstruction, I allow the clay to take on new forms. The moment of impact is then fired and captured in the ceramic, with the result showing the conversation between the artist’s hands and the clay which is constantly in flux.



Jenchi Wu Off Grid_edited.jpg


California State University, Los Angeles. MFA


        2023             Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri
        2022             Uncommon Ground, Rock Springs, Wyoming
        2022             Solo exhibition - Off Grid, California State University Channel Islands, CA     

        2022             Artaxis + Longwell Museum at Crowder College, Minnesota

        2022             Ventura Clay, NCECA 2022, Sacramento

        2020             Eureka, Rio Hondo College, CA

2018              Guilin Wood firing conference, China

2012              Sculpture Installation, Twofold: a Solo Exhibition, Ventura College Art Gallery
2011               Sculpture Installation, Solo Exhibition, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
2011               Million Pieces Million Wishes, Solo Exhibition, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA
2011               Solo Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery at SBCC, Santa Barbara CA
2010              Jardin de las Granadas, Solo Public Installation, Santa Barbara, CA
2010     2010: So. Cal Ceramic Instructors and Their Students,
                       American Museum of Ceramic Art
2010              Craft Is A Verb, PS Zask Art Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA

Related Experience

        2022             Ventura Clay, NCECA Fertile Ground, Co-curated

2019              Unconventional Clay, Co-curated

2018              Guilin International Wood Firing Conference Workshop, Guangxi, China

2018              Organized wood firing conference to Guilin, China

2017              Current Organizer of Ventura College Ceramics Visiting artists program

2015-2018     New Media Gallery, Co-gallery director

2015              Interdisciplinary program with CSUCI to China

Contact Me

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page