A LITTLE HISTORY…..We were fortunate enough to discover YuPing and ChenFeng several years ago (2001)…..on our very first trip to China! Michael was doing a ‘hotel job’ in Wuhan…..not exactly a “tourist destination’ for westerners, unless of course you want to see where small household appliances are made! Well, upon arriving at the hotel in the very early hours of the morning, our initial walk around the lobbies and corridors of the hotel provided out first glimpse at the wonderful work by YuPing and husband ChenFeng.
The next day…..we assigned the mission of contacting the artists to the hotel’s Concierge. And when he did…..we were able to speak directly to YuPing, as she is a very adept at English! Plans were then laid to go visit their studio / home. After a ‘memorable’ taxi ride (actually… several! But that’s another story entirely!), we arrived at their apartment. We were treated to tea laden with small flowers, and of course got to see more of their fabulous array of work!!! It was EVERYWHERE!
Becoming fast friends, we all returned to our hotel, were entertained by daughter Sunshine’s intrigue with the elevator (she was all of 8 at the time), lunched together and discussed the world of art in modern day China. And so it was that we purchased our first two paintings from them. And the seed was planted to bring YuPing and ChenFeng to Orcas.
That spring… we received our first collection of paintings from the couple. Their work having met with instant excitement, we included YuPing and Chen Feng in our summer Painter’s Show for 2001! And so it began…..we featured YuPing and Chen Feng’s work again in subsequent shows, and ‘headlining’ their works in their exhibitions of 2004 and 2005. In fact… YuPing was able to come to Orcas for her show in 2004, and both her and Chen Feng were here in 2005…..along with Sunshine!!! (she now attends Four Winds Camp!!). The highlight of the 2005 Show had to be the very special paintings the team painted while here on Orcas…..s collection of paintings of Orcas’ most loved scenes. They were a huge hit… and a fast sell-out!
And so it is that the couple’s work has become a mainstay at Crow Valley Pottery! Among of our favorites anywhere!!!
To find out a bit about their technique, click here.
To see more of their work, click here.