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A consistent point of departure for my work has been the ceramic vessel and playing with the balance between form, function, and design. I am interested in the way that pots have the unique ability to serve a multitude of roles and functions. They can exhibit decorative beauty, bring attention to more functional/tactile concerns, and also create historical, cultural and experiential associations. I work within the context of pottery to exploit its universal familiarity and impose my own vision for merging historically and culturally disparate influences. I am curious about the relationships I see among various forms of creative expression from both past and present, and try to bring forth a new language of pottery for the future.
Sam Chung is an Arizona-based ceramic artist. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and his BA degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs, he worked as a special post-bac student at the University of Minnesota. He taught at Northern Michigan University from 1998-2007 and is now teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe where he is an associate professor of ceramics. Sam has presented numerous lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions at Greenwich House Pottery- Jane Hartsook Gallery, Lawrence Arts Center, AKAR, Plinth Gallery, and Lacoste Gallery, as well as numerous group exhibitions including; Harvey Meadows Gallery, The Clay Studio, Lillstreet Art Center, Gallery I|M|A, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Red Lodge Clay Center, Dubuque Museum of Fine Art, Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Santa Fe Clay, Taipei County Yingge Museum and Icheon World Ceramic Center. His work is in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, Icheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard (Denmark), Shepparton Art Gallery (Australia), University of Arkansas, Arizona State University Art Museum, etc. Sam has also been an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Archie Bray Foundation, The International Ceramics Studio (Hungry), Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center (Denmark), and The Pottery Workshop (China).