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"Ambition is a dead sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking."
  - Edward Dahlberg




About Myself


About Myself


I was born in Inner Mongolia mainland China. My family moved back to Beijing when I was 12, and have been living there since.


I have a Master of Fine Arts from Washington State University, with a focus in ceramics and sculpture; a Bachelor of Visual Arts in ceramics from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia; and a Bachelor of Science from Jilin University, China, with a focus in packaging engineering and design.


I worked as a graphic designer for 6 years in Beijing before moving to Australia in 1998. After completing my MFA degree in the US, I served as an adjunct professor (sabbatical replacement) and taught both undergraduate and graduate level ceramics courses at Washington State University. In July 2004, I was offered an opportunity to establish the new ceramics program at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. I am currently an Associate Professor in Visual and Aboriginal Arts department and the sole faculty memeber responsible in ceramics area.


I was granted Canadian Citizenship in 2007.











Recent News


July 1 – August 31, 2017

Artist in Residency

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

Koka City Shiga Pref. Japan


May 25 – June 30, 2017


The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia

Brandon, MB


March 2 – May 27, 2017

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box

An international juried exhibition


Philadelphia, PA


March 18 - November 12, 2017

Canada: Day 1 Halifax


Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Halifax, NS

Opening Reception - April 11, 2017


2014- 2018

Canada: Day 1

A juried nationally traveled exhibition by Canadian Museum of Immigration.

(Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid)


Travelling Schedule


April-June, 2016

21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX, USA


October 2-31, 2015

Actual Contemporary

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Gallery Representation and Shops

Artful Home: Art for Life. For Home. For Ever.


L.A.Pai Gallery

13 Murray Street, Ottawa, Ontario