Thivo at Work

Thivô was born in Vietnam of Chinese and Vietnamese parents. From her earliest years she found herself fascinated by art in all forms, an interest her parents nurtured. Later, she moved to France for more formal and professional training, including attending the world-famous Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Her early artistic efforts were split between painting and ceramics. But shortly after moving to New York City in the 1970s, Thivô realized that her true calling was in ceramics, to which she thereafter devoted nearly all her time. In particular, she came to focus on a very special art form that requires great skill in hand building ceramics from colored layers of clay. This complicated and demanding technique is called Nerikomi.

Today, Thivô is one of just a very few artists primarily building Nerikomi vessels. It is a very time consuming technique, being quite labor intensive. But the results can be both particularly beautiful and unique. Her subject matter incorporates a host of multicolored themes: flowers, landscapes, dancers and abstract designs. Many of her works are inspired by lands she has visited, and animal and marine life she has observed. Her work has been featured at many prestigious art shows and galleries, and her ceramic studio is currently located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, Florida.