KPU sculpts success at CLAY 2017

Tue, Mar 28, 2017

By Nikolina Djuric

Maple Ridge, B.C.— Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fine arts students and an instructor moulded success last weekend at CLAY 2017, an annual juried exhibition by the Fraser Valley Potters Guild, at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge.

CLAY is an exhibition that showcases a variety of skills in ceramics including sculpture, tile work, function and wearable pieces by accomplished and apprentice potters and artists from the Fraser Valley.

Nine KPU fine arts ceramics students are included among the exhibiting artists. All of the work created by students was made and designed in the ceramics department under the guidance of instructor Ying-Yueh Chuang, head of the ceramics department at KPU.

"It is great to have such a big turnout for participation from all levels of students who are taking ceramics to show a full engagement from the studio. It has been a busy semester and the students are very engaged in the studio,” said Chuang. “What has been nice to see is the sense of community and encouragement the students have built for themselves.”

Chuang won the Award of Merit in the open category for her historical chrysanthemum plate along with two of her students, Keiko Sekiya and Celesta De Roo, awarded in the student category.

“Many students were aiming to be included in the show, not necessarily for the awards, but just to be a part of this. As an instructor, I am proud of the talented students I am working with at KPU,” said Chuang. 

Two ceramic students, Amy Duval and Kimberly Voitic, were awarded honourable mentions for their ceramic artwork.

"The guild has members working in a variety of ways, from functional to sculptural ceramics, and this show is a celebration of that diversity and the unique qualities each member has to contribute to the guild,” said Duval. “I am excited for this great opportunity to showcase some of my work alongside other student members, as well as the experienced guild members.”

The KPU fine arts department offers a comprehensive knowledge and practice in the field of visual arts focusing on visual art practice, art history, and critical theory supporting the ideas and technical processes of producing contemporary art.  

The CLAY 2017 exhibition will run from March 11 to April 22, 2017.

For more on the CLAY 2017 exhibition, visit

Photo caption: (From left) Instructor Ying-Yueh Chuang, Fraser Valley Potters Guild vice-president Pat Schendel, student Amy Duval, juror Clive Tucker, student Amiee Risby, student Keiko Sekiya, student Kim Voitic, and student Celesta De Roo.

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