James Seet
James Seet


In the quest for eternal change as an artist, I find it essential to tell stories, the dramas of life that may begin with something obscure to the infinite complexity that tickles the emotion. It’s a visual representation of a dialogue I am after, a theatrical performance to the eyes that behold!


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Creative clay making has always been James’ passion from a very young age, when he started out by dabbling in air-dry paper clay. His earliest education in ceramics came from an experienced local potter, Yeow Seng Cheah and international potter, Margaret Fenn. He has also traveled to Fitzroy Falls, Australia to pot with Neil Boughton, who currently specializes in lustrewares. During his time there, he experimented with different raku methods using lustre glazes. He has also attended Ceramics Conventions at Gulgong, Australia in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

In April 2008, he traveled to Australia for his first artist-in-residency at Quixotica: an artist space inspired and set up by Rowley Drysdale, a distinguished potter and artist from Queensland. There he developed new ideas and direction for his creations and with various firing techniques, like the Ogama kiln.

In September 2009, James and four other Malaysians were chosen by Ayala Museum to represent Malaysia for the first South East Asian Ceramic Festival in the Philippines. And in May 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, representing the nation to create and showcase his works for a permanent museum in FLICAM, Fuping, China for the 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference. His works are also showcased in a permanent collection of ceramic museums in A’lcora, Spain and Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Canada

In 2013 he was invited to Medicine Hat in Canada as a guest artist for a cultural exchange program where he presented his ceramic work within a Malaysian context. In September 2014, his work was exhibited in the Workhouse Gallery in Washington D.C.

2015, James was selected to collaborate with the Kohler Bold Art Exhibition, where he represented Malaysia with two art pieces for the exhibit. The exhibition started in Thailand and journeyed to Singapore, Indonesia, Phillipines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

In the same year, he was also actively involved in a public art installation for an awareness campaign against domestic violence for Women’s Aid Organisation. He conceptualised and brought the campaign to life with his interactive ceramics art installation which resulted in several media features and received several awards for the campaign.

2017, he was invited to participate in a public art project, a meaningful installation that pays tribute to the ‘Orang Seletar’, the sea gypsies. The title of the work is ‘Tanahair’ which means homeland. ‘Tanah’ is the earth and ‘air’ is water. This installation is floating ceramics in the middle of the lake with the illustration of their boats on the surface of the work.

2019, James had his first solo exhibition titled ‘Memories’ in Kuala Lumpur with Richard Koh Fine Arts in collaboration with the Back Room gallery at ZhongShan Building.

2020, Second solo exhibition titled ‘Wobbly Sabi’ at Richard Koh Fine Arts.

2021, Representing Malaysia in The Ceramics Congress 2021 giving workshops. A worldwide online ceramic convention.

2022, Invited and having the honour to speak at TEDx Petaling Street.


1970 Born in Kuala Lumpur
2022 “re:sonance” Exhibition
APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
“re:sonance” Exhibition
Tsutaya Books Malaysia
2021 “It’s A Male Nude Show” Two-Man Exhibition
RKFA Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
2020 Wobbly Sabi Solo Exhibition
RKFA Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In Our Own Frame Group Exhibition
RKFA Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2019 Memories Solo Exhibition
Back Room, ZhongShan Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2018 Affordable Art Fair (Invited for special installation display)
2017 Affordable Art Fair
Hong Kong
Affordable Art Fair
2016 Public art exhibition
Educity, Iskandar, Johor, Malaysia
Singapore Contemporary Art Show 2016
Affordable Art Fair Spring 2016
SELSIUS 2016, 7th International Ceramic Festival
National Visual Art Gallery, Malaysia
Kohler Bold Art Exhibition
Philippines - Vietnam - Malaysia
2015 The Imagination of Blue and White (Contemporary)
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum
Art Expo Malaysia
Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Malaysia
WAO Public Art Installation
Publika and Garden Shopping Centres, Malaysia
Kohler Bold Art Exhibition 2015
Thailand - Singapore - Indonesia
Young Art Taipei
Sheraton Grande, Taipei
Affordable Art Fair
F1 Pit Building, Singapore
2014 Singapore Art Fair 2014
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Earth and Fire, The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibit.
Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, Virginia, USA
Selsius – USM International Ceramic Festival
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Daydream Exhibition
ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia
2013 Ceramic Top 40 Exhibition (Spoon Project) at Ferrin Contemporary
Red Star Gallery, Kansas City, USA
SEXSE Exhibition
Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora Exhibition
L’Alcora, Spain
2012 Clay Unity, The 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference/Exhibition
Fuping, China
FUTAO Gallery Exhibition
Xi’an, China
2011 Fire & Earth Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery, Malaysia
2010 Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora Exhibition
L’Alcora, Spain
International Tiger Teapot Exhibition
Shanghai, China
International Modern Pot Art Biennial Exhibition
Shanghai, China
ICMEA Emerging Artist Exhibition
Fuping, China
2009 The Contemporary Ceramic Asia Ceramic Networks 09
Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
Art in Clay Exhibition
Badan Warisan, KL, Malaysia
Noosa Gallery
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Quixotica Gallery
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
2007 Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Asia Ceramics Network

Malaysian National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 The Contemporary Ceramic Asia Ceramic Networks 09
Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
Potraiture by 13 Artists Exhibition
Badan Warisan, KL, Malaysia
Sentuhan Tembikar Exhibition
Kraftangan Malaysia, Craft Complex, KL, Malaysia
Selsius USM
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition

Putrajaya, Malaysia
2005 Selsius Exhibition
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Group Show
Bon Ton Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia
2004 The Making of Art Exhibition
Alliance Francaise, Penang, Malaysia
Artwork Collection
Princess of Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Sultan Ibrahim Kohler
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Canada
l’Alcora Ceramic Museum, Spain
South East Asia Museum, Fuping, China
Kraftangan Malaysia
and Private Collection
2018 Arita, Japan
2013 Medalta International Artist in Residence Program, Canada
2012 FLICAM, Fuping, China
2008 Quixotica, Brisbain, Australia