Wayne Ngan has been practising ceramics since the 1960s. At a young age he put himself through the Vancouver School of Art, graduating in 1963. After developing his own pottery studio, he taught at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver School of Art (now, Emily Carr University of Art and Design). In the mid1960s, Ngan relocated to Hornby Island. His practice was stimulated by the inspiration of nature, stillness and a close-knit creative community. Ngan has developed a skillful and holistic practice in which nature and technique are of central concern. In 2013, he received the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award of Distinction.
Wayne Ngan lives and works on Hornby Island, one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia separating Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia.