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Win Ng, Winfred

Biography to Display: 

1936 Born San Francisco, California

1991 Died San Francisco, California

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

1954 City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

1959 BFA San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1960 MFA Mills College, Oakland, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1959— Studio artist and designer

1961— Co-founder, Designer, Taylor & Ng

 

Win Ng’s early ceramic pieces were abstract non-functional sculptures showing the influence of the work of Peter Voulkos. He often worked in series exploring the relationship of rectangular and circular forms. After meeting the artist Spaulding Taylor he began making functional pieces. Ng and Taylor co-founded the San Francisco department store Taylor & Win (1961). Ng designed many ceramic pieces for the store and their large wholesale market, these were typically made in Japan.  Going forward Ng created book designs and linens in addition to ceramics.

Ng created a large tile mural at the Maxine Hall Health Center, San Francisco, California and a painted mural on the concourse level of the Orinda BART station in Contra Costa County, California. Late in life Ng returned to making one of a kind sculptures.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Chinese Historical Society of American Museum

DeYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Mills College Museum of Art, Oakland, California

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Oakland Museum of California Art, Oakland, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Albright, Thomas. Art of the San Francisco Bay Area: 1945-1980, An Illustrated History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1985.

Chang, Gordon, Mark Johnson and Paul Karlstrom, eds. Asian American Art, A History, 1850-1970. Stanford General Bools, 2008.

Hallmark, Kara Kelley. Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

Hicks, Allen. The Art of Win Ng: A Retrospective. San Francisco, CA: Chinese Historical Society of America, 2005

Nordness, Lee. Objects USA: Works by Artist-Craftsmen in Ceramic, enamel, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Mosaic, Wood and Fiber. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1970.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of the Everson Museum of Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1989.

Reigger, Hal. “The Pottery of Win Ng.”  Ceramics Monthly 11, no.4 (1963).

Wechsler, Jeffrey. Asian Traditions Modern Expressions. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1997.

 

 

Typical Marks
1950s
ca 1960
1970
1971
1979
1970s-1980s
Bowl
Date: 1950s
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Vessel
Date: 1950s
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Vessel
Date: ca 1960
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Rock Form
Date: ca 1960
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Sculptural Vase of Candleholder
Date: 1960s
Form: Candle Holder, Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Vessel
Date: 1970
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Egg Shaped Tureen with Ladle
Date: 1971
Form: Tureen
Materials: Stoneware, Mixed Media
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Coffee Mug (with Spaulding Taylor)
Date: 1979
Form: Mug
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Molded
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Bowl (with Spaulding Taylor)
Date: 1970s-1980s
Form: Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

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