The Life Interview With Hans Tan

Words help shape his art

(Above) Hans Tan at his studio in the National University of Singapore with one of the vessels from his Spotted Nyonya collection. (Left) Four-year-old Tan with his parents Edward and Audrey Tan in Genting Highlands
Hans Tan at his studio in the National University of Singapore with one of the vessels from his Spotted Nyonya collection.PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Hans Tan, a three-time winner of the President's Design Award, turns to authors Gaston Bachelard and Italo Calvino for inspiration

He may have won a President's Design Award (PDA) three times, but Hans Tan, 38, will be the first to admit that he cannot draw.

In fact, his drawing skills were so weak that he left the drawing section of his admissions test to design school at the National University of Singapore(NUS) blank, fortunately getting in anyway.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2018, with the headline 'Words help shape his art'. Print Edition | Subscribe