Born in Vietnam, Du Chau came to the United States in 1981. He pursued a medical career in Pathology and has been a Pathology Technical Coordinator at Methodist Medical Center, in Dallas, since 1994.
Du began taking ceramics classes at Brookhaven College in the 1990s and was named a Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Award in Visual Arts from the DCCCD Foundation. He took a sabbatical from his Methodist Hospital job to pursue both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the highly-regarded New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. As well as continuing his pathology work at Methodist Medical Center, Du Chau has also become an adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Brookhaven College.
“It’s so strange; my art degree actually helped my medical work . . . art has helped me to ask more questions as a scientist,” says Chau. He deeply values his work in science, but believes that his work as an artist has enhanced a different part of his identity. His career in the arts has grown significantly in the past few years. He has exhibited widely in the United States and is represented in Dallas by the Liliana Bloch Gallery.
Du received a 2017 NCECA International Residency Award, which gave him the opportunity to work at the Curaumilla Arts Center in Chile, and in 2016 he was awarded a residency from the C.R.E.T.A. Foundation in Rome, Italy.
Porcelain is the foundation of my work, combined with wire elements, to create a quiet and contemplative charged space. My current artworks evoke childhood memories and repetitive daily activities involving knowledge and contemplation. I commit to the same activity to visualize different parts of myself.
I am passionate about duplicating forms using mold making and slip casting technique. This process reveals my fascination with clay replication but with subtle variations. Constant permutation is the core of my creative process.