Eliza Au (Lake Dallas, TX) is a ceramic artist who, through her work, investigates how past and present ornament in architecture engage the idea of sacred space, while exploring the search for solitude. Utilizing CAD to create lattice tiles that join together to reference the building units of the brick, tile, and pillar, her work provides comment on the underlying or unconscious essence of order in both nature and human production.
Au received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax) in 2005 and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2009. Since the completion of her academic training, Au has held various positions as an educator at institutions such as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, BC), Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary, AB), the University of Iowa (Iowa City), and currently holds the position of assistant professor in ceramics at University of North Texas (Dallas, TX). During this time, she continued the development of her work through focused time in residence at Greenwich House Pottery (New York, NY), the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Artist (Helena, MT), and Guldagergaard International Research Center (Skælskør, Denmark).
Au has participated in numerous conferences and panels across the US and Canada, and presented artist lectures at venues and institutions internationally. In addition to recognition through numerous awards and grants, her work and techniques have been highlighted in myriad publications, and featured in group and solo exhibitions around the world at venues including Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo, ON), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON), the Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), the Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery (Portland, OR), Mufei Gallery at Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop (Jingdezhen, China), and the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum (Mesa, AZ). Additionally, Au’s work can be found in the collection of the Korea Ceramic Foundation (Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea) Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL), Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred (Alfred, NY), and the Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei City, Taiwan).