August Member of the Month: Connie Tong
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How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
Over a year now. I’m also delighted to be part of the SAC Committee, where we generate ideas and solicit feedback for the future of SAC.
What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I’m an artist, designer and art educator. I’ve studied material arts and design for 5 years at OCAD University and from there I primarily work with clay and precious metals.
Tell us about the piece we’re featuring today.
I’m featuring one of my ceramic productions entitled “Transformation”. Each segment of the piece has been cast using casting slip then decorated with underglaze. The form was inspired by migrating birds flying in a V formation. The silhouettes of birds paints a delicate portrait between of beauty and order. Each of the pieces forms the petals of a flower.
Where is your favourite place in Scarborough to go for inspiration?
Scarborough Town Centre, it’s the cultural hub for all things Scarborough. I would call it the heart of Scarborough, always bustling with people, it’s part of the transit line (I’m a heavy commuter), everything is in close proximity to each other.
What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve ever gotten?
Do what you love and the money will follow. I work with various organizations and institutions and I’m finding time to volunteer at a local community organization: Healthy Living through Art.