Sam Chung

Porcelain and overglaze





My work draws influence from historical ceramics and design motifs as a point of reference to talk about notions of cross-cultural identity. While my pottery forms are inspired by traditional Korean ceramics, they serve primarily as a “ghost” image of what is lost through culture and time. I am interested in how these old forms transform into new objects that provoke my own perception of belonging within or outside of a culture.



Sam Chung lives and works in Tempe, Arizona 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 Preston, Duane Reed, Gallery IMA, Ann Linnemann Gallery (Denmark), ClayAKAR, Greenwich House Pottery and other venues. Sam’s work is included in the collections of the Everson Museum, The Crocker Art Musuem, Weisman Art Museum, Icheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Keramikmuseum Westerwald (Germany) and Guldagergaard (Denmark).





Cloud Bottle