The Early Years. Eugenia Chan has had a life-long fascination with the arts. She was born into humble beginnings in Hong Kong and studied to become a registered nurse, working in the medical field and as a midwife until she married. She then chose to develop her business skills and ran a successful antique auto parts manufacturing business. After immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1976, Eugenia developed a pool and spa business and eventually, branched out to enjoy a successful career in real estate.
All the while, she longed to pursue and further explore her artistic instincts and interests. Finally, after retiring in 2009, she got the chance. Quilting, sewing and watercolor painting had always been some of her fondest activities, but it wasn't until she discovered the world of jewelry making that she uncovered her true passion and came into her own as an artist and teacher.
Wire Work. One might say that Eugenia found her niche through serendipity. In 2007, while browsing in her local bookstore, she happened upon a release called "Bead on A Wire" (North Light Books 2005) by American wire artist, Sharilyn Miller. She was immediately intrigued. The highly ornate and complex level of wire wrapping piqued her interest and spoke to her artistic senses. She immediately arranged to travel to California to study with Sharilyn, an acknowledged authority in this style of wire wrapping and that is how Eugenia started her new career.
To this day, Eugenia continues to learn and grow artistically thanks to expert designers such as Sharilyn and Connie Fox, and she deeply appreciates and acknowledges the inspiration and encouragement she has received from many gifted and talented artists and teachers. Eugenia feels that she has benefited not only from their advanced technique instruction, but also from their master-teaching principles, which she now passes on to others in her own workshops. She is especially thrilled to have had 2 of her projects featured in Sharilyn's book, "Contemporary Copper Jewelry" (Interweave Press 2009).
Metal, Polymer Clay and Enamel. Always on the lookout for new techniques and ideas, Eugenia loves to explore what happens when she combines more than one art medium. She is impressed with the versatility of metal and how she can play with color, especially when using copper. Today, the fusion of metal, polymer clay and enameling is taking her to a whole new level as her work evolves and she discovers what she can create using color, texture and shape.
Eugenia shares her home and studio with her beloved Malti-Poo, Miss Karlie. She divides her time between creating new designs and teaching her love of art and design to students of all levels. Her workshops are held regularly in the Greater Vancouver area and on a more limited basis in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.