Sam Chung  

born in 1970


"My most recent work draws influence from Korean art and design. Clouds are a ubiquitous symbol depicted in traditional Korean art. I am interested in the way in which clouds represent a phenomenon that is constantly in flux. Their nature to morph and adapt is similar to the way in which I relate to my own floating sense of identity.”

Sam Chung is an Arizona-based ceramic artist. He teaches at Arizona State University in Tempe where he is an associate professor of ceramics.

Sam works within the context of the vessel to exploit its universal identity and impart his own vision of merging historical, contemporary and cultural influences. He is curious about finding relationships between various forms of creative expression ranging from art, traditional craft, and design. When Sam combines these often times disparate relationships, they bring forth a new object that is intended to provoke one’s perception of what is familiar versus what is new.

Sam’s work is in the collection of the Everson Museum, NY, USA; Crocker Art Museum, CA, USA; San Angelo Museum, TX, USA; Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea and Guldagergaard, Denmark.


Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY 

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA 

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX 

The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA 

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark 

Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany 

World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon 

World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 

Arizona State University Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ 

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 

The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China 

Shepparton Art Gallery - La Trobe University, Shepparton, Australia 

Sky Harbor International Airport, Ceramics Collection, Phoenix, AZ 

LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA 

Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ


2021 Fulbright Scholar Award, Teaching/Research Award, U.S. Department of State, Korea National University of Cultural Heritage, South Korea 

2020 Evelyn Smith Endowed Professorship in Art, School of Art, Arizona State University, AZ 

2016 Jean Griffith Fellowship Residency, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2014 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, 2nd Place Award, Muskingum County Community Foundation, Zanesville, OH 

And more... 




行雲행운 : GOOD LUCK, SOLUNA, Seoul


Sam Chung, KwangjuYo, Seoul, South Korea (December 2022) 

Digging Roots, Ewha Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Sam Chung: Duplexity, Schaller Gallery, Broda, MI, USA


Sam Chung, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA, USA


Ghost Stories, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA, USA

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Beyond Our Years, Signature Contemporary Craft, Atlanta, GA, USA

Buncheong Exhibition, KwangjuYo, Icheon, South Korea

Traditional and Modern Roads, Plan A, Daejeon, South Korea 

Curious Vessels: The Rosenfield Collection, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY 

Spring Group Exhibition, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

Notations: Graham Fracha & Sam Chung, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA, USA


THéSE, Boontheshop Cheongdam (represented by Gallery Huue), Seoul, South Korea 

Form and Fire: American Studio Ceramics, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Pearl, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA


Porcelain Reconsidered, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC, USA  


Persistence of Mingei: Influence Through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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