Sylvia started to work with textiles when one of her Hong Kong schoolteachers urged her to take up sewing. After finishing high school and university in Vancouver, Sylvia and her family moved to a variety of small coastal communities—where Sylvia filled her need for creativity by learning a variety of crafts. She took up pottery while living on the Queen Charlotte Islands and learned stained glass in Port McNeil.
Since moving to Campbell River, Sylvia has added quilting to her repertoire of crafts—but pottery remains her favourite media. For the past few years she has been taking classes in pottery in the North Island College fine art program. In 2006 she took the top award in the sculpture category for her impressive dragon teapot in an exhibition at the Campbell River Art Gallery.