(CANCELLED) Hong Kong PhD Fellowship & Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Distinguished Lecture

by Mr Wallace Chan, World-Renowned Jewelry Artist and Innovator

Join the Distinguished Lecture to learn from celebrated jewelry artist, craftsman and innovator Wallace Chan.

Among his many achievements include the invention of the "Wallace Chan Porcelain", a material five times stronger than steel, as well as the “Wallace Cut”, a technique where an image is carved inside a gemstone and projects an illusory 3D image outwards.

Over his 45-year career, Wallace has harnessed his creative energies tirelessly and taught himself much of what he knows. In this way he has demonstrated how hard work and the willingness to embrace a variety of knowledge can be a roadmap to success.

In this lecture, Wallace will tell the story of his creative journey from the age of 16, describing how “eureka moments”, stepping outside your comfort zone and constant experimentation can lead to innovation.

Sign up now for this unique and inspiring exploration of how to harness your creative spirit.


26 November 2019 (Tuesday)


6:30 - 8:00pm (kindly be seated by 7:00pm)


Citi Lecture Theater (LT-A), HKUST (map)

  • 6:30 - 7:00pm  Reception with Light Refreshments
  • 7:00 - 7:05pm  Welcome Speech by Prof Wei Shyy, President
  • 7:05 - 7:35pm  Talk by Mr Wallace Chan
  • 7:35 - 8:00pm  Q&A Session

About the Speaker

Often compared to alchemists in medieval Europe and philosophers in ancient China, Wallace Chan is obsessed with discovery. Often finding himself dreaming beyond what existing materials, tools and techniques can realize, he has become renowned for his innovation.


He gained recognition by becoming the first Chinese jewelry artist to exhibit at prestigious international art fairs like The European Fine Art Fair and Biennale des Antiquaires.

Known for spending years on research and experimentation, he has become known for more than the “Wallace Cut’” -  a gem carving technique which creates the illusion of a 3D image within the stone. Wallace has also unleashed titanium's potential in jewelry and sculpture, as well as patenting a revolutionary Jade carving and polishing technique.


Recently, he spent seven years experimenting with the rebirth of porcelain. His efforts culminating in the creation of the “Wallace Chan Porcelain”,  a colorful, smooth and lustrous material five times harder than steel.

Understanding that life itself is imperfect, Wallace pursues his vision through imagination. He has said he is inspired by the contemplation of and curiosity about life, death and the universe. Through material innovation and the myriad creations made possible, Wallace has demonstrated his creative spirit and keen analytical mind.


Co-organized by: HKUST Center for the Arts and HKUST Library

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