|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|