Chronology

1937 Born in Canton, China.
1951 Immigrates to Canada and lives in Richmond, BC. Attends Cambie Junior High.
1958 Begins studies at Vancouver School of Art.
1959 Receives the Marie E. Lambert Pottery Prize for outstanding work in pottery.
1962 Receives 1st Prize at BC potters exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery Purchase Award.
1963 Graduates with Honours, Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design).

Receives the A. W. Tickle Memorial Award ($1000) and the Ceramics Purchase Award.

Followed by a period of experimental work in painting, sculpture, ceramics and drawing, while teaching ceramics at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of British Columbia.

1964 Canadian government permanent collection purchases for European showings.
1965 Solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics at the Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver. This is the gallery’s inaugural exhibition.

Studies in New York.

1966-1977 Conducts pottery workshops in various locations.
1967 Moves to Hornby Island.
1968 Studies painting, sculpture and architecture in Europe.
1969 Participant in Canadian Ceramics; 1st Prize in Earthenware and Raku.
1969-1975 Builds Hornby Island home, studio and kilns at Downes Point.
1970 Solo exhibition at the Gallery of Greater Victoria.
1973-1977 Features in five solo exhibitions at The House of Ceramics, Vancouver.
1974 Studies and executes bronze sculptures and marble carvings.

Solo exhibition at the Potter’s Wheel, Victoria.

1975 Receives a Canada Council Arts Grant to experiment in Raku.
1975-1977 Teaches at Shawnigan Summer School of Art, Victoria.
1976 Receives 1st Prize from BC Ceramics for Salt Glaze Jar.
1977 Receives Governor General’s Commemorative Medal

Studies Sung and Early Ming Pottery and architecture in China.

1978 Solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 

Works with a Japanese Master Potter, Yoichi Murakami, and travels with him to pottery centres in Japan.

1979 Solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Sendai, Japan.
1980 CBC television program, Three West Coast Artists – Toni Onley, Gordon Smith and Wayne Ngan. Produced by Nancy Riley.
1981 Solo exhibition at the Ontario Craft Council, Toronto.

Jurying with David Leach for the Ontario Potters’ Association on pottery and glass.

Pottery workshops in Montreal.

Solo exhibition at the Rubaiyat Gallery, Calgary.

1982 Studies painting and sculpture in New York.
1983 Receives the Saidye Bronfman Award for Masters of the Crafts.

Appears in Artspots, a CBC television program featuring winners of the Saidye Bronfman Award.

Conducts pottery lectures and workshops in Taiwan; the first time that the Palace Museum in Taipei exhibited a modern piece of pottery. Features in the Taipei newspaper.

Travels with Paul Wong to China. Visits ancestral home after 32 years of absence from his village in China.

Conducts two pottery workshops in Toronto.

Builds a new pottery studio on the north side of Hornby Island.

1984 Receives Canada Council Grant “A”. Uses it to build a 300 cu. ft. Sung Dynasty inspired wood-fired kiln. His design is based on a model seen at the Beijing National Museum.

Arts Profile Series on CBC television program, Seeing It Our Way.

1987 Participates in forum, Growing up Asian and Native Canadian. Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC, in conjunction with EXPO in Vancouver.
1989 Accepts special invitation to lecture and conduct “Arts and Crafts” workshops in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
1994 Travels to Guangzhou, China for six months to build a 38′ long, wood-fired dragon kiln. Fires the kiln twice with good results before contracting pneumonia and returning to Canada.
1997 Participates in Throwing of Classical Pottery and Understanding Abstract Forms at Foothills College, Sunnyvale, CA.
1998 Fusion workshop in Toronto.
2001 Takes a work break after open heart bypass surgery.
2004 INK, choreography and dance performance by Andrea Nann set to gongs and living calligraphy by Wayne Ngan, Winchester Street Theatre.

Lectures at various art colleges in Taiwan.

Dismantles his Sung wood-fired kiln.

2007 Documentary, Glimpses of Heaven, by Michael Aved Dayan, plays at the Ridge Theatre, Vancouver.
2008 Builds a painting studio in the place of the former kiln room.
2009 Spends six months in Guangzhou, China, to be close to family. Works with a foundry to produce several new works of bronze sculpture.
2010 Returns to Guangzhou. Works on ink paintings.
2011 Returns to Guangzhou. Produces more bronze sculpture and a collection of ink paintings.
2013 Receives the 2013 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award of Distinction.
2015 First exhibition in New York, at the Nathalie Karg Gallery