may f. leung

may f. leung




May Fan Leung grew up in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in the seventies. It was in a community centre where she first encountered and fell in love with clay. Later she studied fine arts at Cariboo College, Kamloops, and joined the local pottery guild. After many years of making functional ceramic wares and sculpture pieces in interior BC, now she lives in Vancouver.

May’s Chinese background influences her work. Her childhood was immersed in tea culture, so naturally, making teapots became her major interest: however, she enjoys trying different techniques, forms and glazes, as clay is a fascinating medium, which offers endless possibilities.

Some of her works were accepted in several ceramic competitions, such as the Gallery of BC SilkRoad competition and the international Small Teapot competition in the US.

artist statement

After years of making wheel thrown pottery, I re-discover the charm of hand building technique. The slow process of shaping clay into pot and the need of paying close attention to details have a therapeutic effect on me.

While practicing Chinese brush art, I can’t help but be in awe that aesthetic sense can be achieved by using only three basic tools(brush, ink and paper), and a few simple brush strokes. The realization of less is more and simple is beautiful has influenced my pottery making.

Having this simplicity in mind, I create a line of work, which is clean, quiet yet elegant.