CHUNG, Sam (American)



Cloud Bottle 2011

Cloud Couple









Cloud Ewer












Vase Couple












Place Setting Detail

Place Setting

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Sam Chung was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1970) and received his MFA from Arizona State University (1997) and his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (1988).  He taught at Northern Michigan University from 1998-2007 and is now teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe.  Exhibitions: Cervini Haas, AKAR, Dubuque Museum of Fine Art, Sherry Leedy, Santa Fe Clay, Lacoste,  Taipei County Yingge Museum and Incheon World Ceramic Center.  Collections: Everson Museum of Art, Incheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard (Denmark), Shepparton Art Gallery (Australia), University of Arkansas, and Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center.   Residencies: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Watershed, Guldagergaard (Denmark).  Sam’s work has been included in the following Publications:  Contemporary Ceramics (Susan Peterson),  The Art of Contemporary American Pottery (Kevin Hluch),  The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes (John Britt), Works by Ceramic Artists From Around the World (Fu Ziying), and Masters of Porcelain (Lark).  In addition, Sam has presented numerous lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.

artist statement from Greenwich House Exhibition……..

The large dinner setting presented here composes individual pieces of tableware into a larger topographical landscape. This installation is informed by pottery traditions that reflect my own history and experiences.

Place, as it relates to me, begins with my experience as a second generation Korean-American growing up in Minnesota, a state with a strong Scandinavian ancestry. As I later traveled extensively throughout Asia, I began to understand the duality of place and how it can feel simultaneously foreign and familiar.

In 2005, I was a resident artist at Guldagergaard, a ceramics center in Denmark. It was here where I experienced a familiar reverence for the poetic simplicity of contemporary Scandinavian design and the porcelain-ware from Royal Copenhagen. The work in Place/Setting pairs this discovery with my interest in Korean ceramics and my ongoing curiosity about my own ethnic origin. The overall presentation provides a comment on cross-cultural identity from the intimacy of a domestic setting.