Iris Wong


Iris Wong is a contemporary realist potter who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. A native of Hong Kong, her work expresses the profound spirit and atmosphere of the Chinese culture. Simple and timeless forms are the hallmark of Iris’ work. With unique designs and intriguing glazes, Iris brings her originality to classic ceramic pieces. Taking functional pieces like teapots, vases, ikebanas, fountains, and bowls, and turning them into something beautiful is Iris’ passion. “I always want to create something useful that has a beautiful story”. Her strong aesthetic sense was nurtured through drawing and painting classes from a young age. This fostered her belief that you can create anything that you can imagine. After graduating from secondary school in Hong Kong, she took a course in clay work at a community center. Like other potters, she learned the basics techniques of centering cups and bowls and, in no time, found herself glued to the wheel for countless hours. She believes that a passion for design, and the desire to master innovative techniques, are traits that separate the novice from the master. A belief that drives her practice every day. Nine years into Iris’ immigration to Canada, in 2002, she was invited to exhibit her work at The Art Gallery of Port Moody. That same year, her work was juried and selected as part of the premier quality, locally made art to be exhibited and sold at the Granville Island Public Market, where she still sells her work to this day. She has also attended a number of renowned arts and craft shows, such as the Circle Craft Christmas Market. Iris continues to explore innovations in ceramic design and glaze developments while looking to express the profound spirit and atmosphere of the Chinese culture. “ If you find my work speaks to you, it brings me closer to you “.

The opening reception will be held from 4pm – 7pm, on Thursday, June 6th, at Circle Craft Gallery (1 – 1666 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC) and is free to attend. The show will run until June 30, 2019.