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Sam Chung

Sam Chung

Sam Chung’s pottery is known for its angularity, complex assemblage lines, and remarkable glazes. He explores the way that pots have the unique ability to serve a multitude of roles and functions. A consistent point of departure for his work has been the ceramic vessel and grappling with the balance between form and function. His continuing challenge is creating pots that reflect contemporary times while drawing from the vernacular of pottery shapes that have lasted for ages.

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Sam Chung at MudFire

Gallery group show American Masters Biennial, June 2010
Gallery group show Teapots A-Go-Go, April 2006


Sam Chung Artist Statement

I have an endless curiosity for form as it relates to the ceramic vessel. I am engaged in an ongoing investigation of where pottery has been, historically, and where it has a place in our present day life. The notion of function and containment has remained a strong point of departure for my ideas, although utilitarian function is not always the guiding principle in my work. My interest is in the challenge of creating pots that reflect our contemporary time while drawing from the vernacular of pottery shapes that have lasted for ages. I am also inspired by the process of design and merging its formal considerations with ideas such as ergonomics, ceramic and architectural history, utility, memory, and context. Through exploring ideas such as these, my work is intended to communicate on multiple levels and invite curiosity through the familiarity of pottery form.

Sam Chung Artist Resume

MFA Arizona State University, School of Art, Ceramics, Tempe, Arizona,
BA St. Olaf College, Department of Art, Ceramics, Northfield, Minnesota
Solo Exhibitions:
2009 Sam Chung, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
2006 Sam Chung: New Forms , Red Star Studios, Kansas City Missouri
Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
2004 Sam Chung: Contained Places , The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
2003 Sam Chung: The Language of Line and Function , Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona
Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
2002 Sam Chung - Hard/Soft: Porcelain Forms , Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusetts
Sam Chung, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Sam Chung, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
1999 Sam Chung, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona
Select Group Exhibitions:
2009 The Form of Function, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington
2008 Functional Variations, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Distinctive Lines, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
Beauty Sandwich, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Infusion 10x10, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
Exquisite Pots: Six Degrees of Collaboration, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rising Stars-10 Years, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
2007 2007 Designboom - Handled With Care, Collaboration with Peter Pless, DesignerBlock, London, England
Teapot Invitational 2007, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Tea Four-Two, Petroff Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Contemporary Ceramics: A Dairy Barn, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
Ceramics for Breakfast; Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, New Fiera Milano Exhibition Centre - MACEF
International Home Show, Collaboration with Peter Pless (product designer), Milan, Italy
2006 The Art of Tea, Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
Legacy and Innovation in Contemporary Clay, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa
Style & Function: National Ceramics Invitational, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot , Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
2005 Vapourware, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington
American Masters 2000-2005, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contemporary Functional Ceramics: Transcending Utilitarian Concerns, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort
Wayne, Indiana
Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art, Taipei County Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition , Juried, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
2004 Functional Clay, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana
Art To Use: Functional Clay, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Asian American Ceramics, Kentucky Museum of Arts+Design, Louisville, Kentucky
2003 21st Century Ceramics, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea, International Competition, Juried, Incheon World Ceramic
Center, Honorable Mention, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
SOFA New York, 7th Regiment Armory, represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, New York, New
Form+Function: New Works by Sam Chung and Kristen Kieffer, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
2002 Ceramics Invitational, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Edinboro University National Ceramics Invitational , Bruce Gallery-Edinboro University, Edinboro,
2001 Contemporary Chamber Pot Exhibition, The Pottery Workshop, Hong Kong, China
25 Select 25, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois