Sam Chung lives and works in Tempe, Arizona in the United States where he is a Professor of Ceramics at Arizona State University. He creates pottery that reframes historical ceramics from a cross-cultural perspective and explores the metaphorical role of the vessel. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at Harvey Meadows, Duane Reed, Gallery IMA, Ann Linnemann Gallery (Denmark), AKAR, Greenwich House Pottery, Sherry Leedy and Lacoste Gallery. Sam’s work is included in the collections of The Everson Museum, The Crocker Art Museum (CA), Icheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard (Denmark) and San Angelo Museum (TX).
My work draws influence from traditional Korean pottery, art and design as a reference point to reflect on perceptions of cultural identity and otherness. These cultural references are intended to question my perception of belonging within or outside of it. As a second-generation Korean-American, I often wonder how the notion of “belonging” relates to one’s notion of identity. There is a fluid nature to how we perceive ourselves based on our histories and environment. Ceramics is an ideal medium to work with because of its history showing how it has transformed as an art form through cultural influence and displacement.
Teabowl National Juror's Workshop Cancelled for 2020