Largest ceramics exhibition in B.C. comes to Richmond

The Best of BC Ceramics, the largest exhibition of B.C.-based ceramics, is on display at Lipont Gallery until Sept. 3, showcasing over 300 pieces by more than 40 artists. 

Working in partnership with Lipont Gallery, the Potters Guild of B.C. (PGBC), the province's largest and oldest organization for professional ceramicists, features the work of current members of PGBC. 

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Zhang, vice general manager of Lipont Gallery, said the exhibition enriches the cultural landscape of Richmond's Golden Village. 

“With more business blooming here, it's also important to increase local cultural awareness,” said Zhang. 

"I notice Concord Garden’s building has leased rooms to artists, and more art studios have been launched at Aberdeen Square. As part of the Golden Village, our gallery also has the responsibility to promote art in the city." 

Wei Cheng, who was born in China and studied ceramics at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is among the younger artists in the show. 

Her piece, My Black and White World, comprises two exquisitely and decorative carved bowls. 

About the project, Cheng said, “the objective is to explore the relationship between moments and eternity, moments are forever in some way."

Some people might think making ceramics is an easy hobby for people of all ages. However, Cheng said that’s not the case. 

“To create beautiful masterpieces, you need to control the timing and temperature to get the right effect. Otherwise, the outcome might be affected,” Cheng said. 

"Ceramics aren't that easy to make; lots of artists spend months creating them. We always do testing first before finalizing all details; sometimes the color of your work might not meet your expectations, but you need to accept it in the end."  

"The creation of ceramics is full of surprises and excitement, just like life," she added.

For Cheng, who is immersed in making ceramics during the last ten years, still insists she is a "baby artist," compared with other members of PGBC. 

"I wish this exhibition could help transform Richmond into a cultural hub, so Richmond isn't only famous for Asian fine dining, but is also well-known for arts and culture."

The exhibition runs until to Sept. 3 at Lipont Gallery. Admission is free. 


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