kayo o'young

ceramic artist

Kayo O’Young is a self-taught Ontario artist who is recognized as one of Canada’s finest porcelain potters.In the industry, he is known as “a potter’s potter” and he serves as both teacher and inspiration to numerous potters. Kayo’s work is the focus of numerous exhibits in prestigious museums, galleries, private and public collections worldwide. His work has also been the subject to two films: The Hand and the Spirit (TV Ontario, 1992) and Playing with the Fire (CBC Arts and Entertainment, 1993).

Each of Kayo’s pieces are one-of-a-kind originals. He pays the utmost attention to detail, leaving no area of the work untouched by his genius. Each piece is hand-signed by the artist. 


1970-1973 - Central Technical School, Toronto, Ontario

1965 - Emigrated to Canada

1950 - Born in Canton, China

Exhibition History

2005 Selected Works with Diane Nasr O’Young - Guild Shop, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Selected Works — Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
2003 21st Century Ceramics in the United States & Canada”- Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Solo Exhibition — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario “Fire & Earth” Virtual Exhibition — www.virtualmuseum.ca
“The Artful Teapot, 20th Century Expression from the Kamm Collection” — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
2001 Solo Exhibition — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
2000 Selected Works — Shelley Tadman Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba Group Exhibition — A Show of Hands Gallery, Toronto, Ontario “Clay Concepts” — The Guild Shop, Toronto
Solo Exhibition — Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
1999 “Rococco to Revolution” — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
1998 “Fire & Earth” Canadian Exchange with Japanese Traveling Exhibition — Burlington Art Centre, Burlington

Selected Works — The Gardinir Museum, Toronto
“White on White, Contemporary Canadian Ceramics” Group Exhibition — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto

1996 “White on White, Contemporary Canadian Ceramics” — Canadian Clay & Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario
“Plates” Group Exhibition — Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario Selected Works- Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo
1995 Teapot Show — Avante Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
New Works — Lynda Greenberg Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Selected Works — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
1994 Teapot Show — Avante Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
1993 Retrospective “Together Alone” with Diane Nasr O’Young — Burlington Art center, Burlington
Selected Works — The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
1992 Selected Works, 25th Anniversary Exhibition — Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Quebec
“The Uncommon Gallery” — Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario “Contemporary Focus” — The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba Illuminations “In Honour of Florence Nightingale” — Wellington County Museum, Fergus, Ontario
Show Cases “Uncommon Objects” — The Craft Studio at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario

Public and Private Commissions

Outdoor Sculpture (Private Collection) — Carol and Kevin Reily, Kingston, Ontario
Gifts to Visiting Heads of Foreign Governments — Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario
The commonwealth Conference, Ottawa
Gifts to Host Heads of Governments — The Office of the Prime Minister
Clarkson and Gordon Accounting, Toronto
Olympia and York, Toronto
Claridge Industries, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Ceramic Spectrum, Robin Hopper
Contemporaiy Studio Ceramics, Winnipeg Art Gallery
A Fine Line, Gail Crawford
Works of Craft, from the Massey Collection