He and two friends would later set up Nanyang Clay Group (NCG), the first registered pottery club in Singapore. Now Vice President to the group, Alvin has led NCG to organize group exhibitions once every two years, offering both local professional potters, experienced hobbyists and beginners, a platform to showcase their works and a purpose to hone their craft. He continues to seek opportunities for exposure, recently inking a sister alliance with a Taiwanese pottery club.
Alvin has exhibited in over 20 group shows worldwide. In 2013, he debuted solo shows in hometown Singapore and in Manila, Philippines. His first solo “Clay Voyage” showcased two decades worth of explorations and development in his artistry. It attracted the attention of local and regional media, and he was interviewed by regional broadcaster Channel News Asia and major Singapore broadsheet The Business Times. In conjunction, he also launched a book at the exhibition featuring highlights of his works and philosophies.
This year, he collaborated with One East Asia Art Management, to co-curate and exhibit in a rare group pottery show with four other master potters, each representing a different country in Southeast Asia. Titled “Ceramicship”, it is a mark of friendship amongst the potters and a common passion for ceramics that has bonded them closely.
His works have won prestigious awards at the 4thGlobal Art Movement Competition in Toyota City Museum, Japan and Golden Teapot Competition organized by Ying Ge Museum, Taiwan.
Alvin has been invited to conduct demonstrations, lectures and workshops at international ceramic festivals and tertiary institutions worldwide, including KhonKaen University in Thailand, University of Philippines, and Qi Lu Technology University in Shandong, China and many others. Passionate about expanding his horizons and to seek new inspirations, he continues to travel intensively to work alongside master potters, participating in residences and firing expeditions.
As part of the Southeast Asian Potters (SEAPOT) group whose objective is to raise the profile of SEAPOT to the world, Alvin spoke at 2013 International Ceramics Festival in Gulgong, Australia, to introduce and highlight achievements of pottery in the region.
He has been described by fellow potters as “fiercely motivated”, “passionate”, “has an undying perseverance”, tireless in his undertakings. Being an artist in Singapore is an uphill task when resources and attention to art are scarce. Nevertheless, he hopes his efforts will pave the way for younger generations. Most importantly, he is grateful for the good friends that he has made along his voyage… to him, he has only just started.
Alvin is currently slated for a residency and exhibition with a renown art institution in Australia