Studio Oddities, was founded by Cindy Rang and Xin Min. Cindy, graduated from Teachers College of Columbia University, has 5-year-extensive teaching experience. She is professional at teaching both kids and adults about Montessori method, family education and bilingual education. Another co-founder, Xin, graduated from Parsons School of Design of the New School, devotes in art and design. Influenced by Chinese and American bi-cultures, and combined with their expertise, they are committed to educating children about social enlightenment and engaging adults in cultural exchange activities.
The mission of the studio is to make the cultures develop and to make the education in artistic way. They offer a wide range of innovative, playful art workshops to ensure kids and adults joining in the fun, and leaning cultures at the same time.
The vision is to spread cultures in an artistic way, and care enough to go the extra mile.
The core values are culture, art, education, and playfulness.
* All pieces are handmade in our Long Island City studio.
Xin Min was graduated from Parsons school of design. Her work focuses on tabletop designs incorporate with the modern lifestyle. While ceramics is her favorite material, she applies pure color to all her designs to illustrate the minimalist yet delightful aesthetics with maximal practicability.
Aside from her professional work, Xin Min was an awarded artist in 2019 Moroccanoil sustainable product design competition (2nd place) and the 2020 K-Design Design award. Aside from that, she was a photographer in 2018 Fashion Week, a producer in 2018 Tmall x Moschino and 2019 Tmall x HM Studio ss live broadcasts.
In her free time, xin min also does educational work for nonprofit organizations. She spreads Chinese culture to young children, using artistic techniques to get them to enjoy Chinese culture and to teach Chinese.
Cindy holds a M.A. in International Education Development and Family Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has 4 years of teaching experience with both children and adults.
Most recently, she taught English and Mandarin at Avenues: The World School in New York City. She designs and executes Montessori, project-based, and age-appropriate curriculum and activities for 3-6 year-olds.
Cindy also values museum and science education. She is the certified public tour guide in American Museum of Natural History both in English and Chinese and designs educational tours for children and families with interactive games, quizzes and role-playing scenarios to inspire children with ideas for conserving the environment and becoming global citizens.
TOUR IN THE METMore
Ms. Min is introducing the shapes, names, and uses of bronzes to children. These bronzes include different ancient Chinese drinking vessels, such as “hu”, “you”, “jue”, “gu”, “jue”, “zhi”, and so on. Some of their uses are wine containers, some are wine warmers, and some are wine drinking vessels. Let’s take a look, can you find its corresponding name from the bronzes in front of you?
What is PorcelainMore
China is one of the few ancient civilizations in the world with a long history and has made many significant contributions to the progress and development of human society. The achievements made in ceramic technology and art are of particular importance. In China, the emergence of the art of pottery-making dates back to the period from 4500 to 2500 B.C. It can be said that an important part of the history of China’s development is the history of ceramic development. The achievements of the Chinese in science and technology, as well as the pursuit and shaping of beauty, were in many ways reflected through ceramic production, and formed very typical technical and artistic characteristics of each era.