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Artist: Ashley Kim


 Ashley Kim
Ashley Kim, CALIFORNIA
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I am a clay artist.  It has been nearly 20 years since I became hooked on clay. Settled in San Diego, I now enjoy the luxury of working at my home studio and tending my garden, my two infatuations at this moment. My formal education in Ceramics includes my BFA from Utah State University and my MFA from Indiana University Bloomington.  While my formal training has helped in shaping me as an artist, my commitment to the craft and love for the medium have grown over the years of working with clay.

My inspiration can come from many sources.  For me it was a simple tool, my pattern marker.  Then came scraps of laces and zippers.  This is how my current work began.  It is composed of utilitarian pots usually for a small group of people.  Domestic forms, such as vases, are new forms I am exploring.  Of course containers (a continued study since graduate school) are also a part of my repertoire. 

I spend a lot of time in finishing.  Embellishing the surface is something that has become “fun” for me.  Textures are directly applied using the tools and materials which I have acquired recently.  Marks of stitches, patterns and zippers appear on my pots as if they are clothed.  Layering of colors, using stains, slips and glazes, enhance the richness and depth that I am looking for, a challenge in the world of cone 6 oxidation. 

Pottery saturates our world.  Yet thoughtfully made functional pottery has the potential to enrich and elevate our daily domestic experience.  I want my work to play that role.

EDUCATION
1998 - 2001 Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1995 - 1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Utah State University, Logan, UT

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS & HONORS
2001 Della Fricke Teaching Scholarship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1998 Friends of Art Book Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Fine Arts Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Graduate School Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1996 Magna cum Laude, Social Sciences and Arts Scholarship, School of Humanities, Utah State University, Logan, UT


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2015 Visiting Artist, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
2005 - 2006 Adjunct Instructor, San Diego Community College District, San Diego, CA
Taught beginning to intermediate Ceramics

2003 - 2004 Instructor and Head of Ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN
Headed Ceramics Program—curriculum development, supervision of ceramics faculty and
student work studies, advising, budget management, day-to-day maintenance and operation of
studio and supervision of Ceramics Guild
Taught all levels of undergraduate ceramics including glaze calculations
Served in departmental committees—Visiting Artist/Gallery Committee, Foundations Committee

2002 - 2003 Resident, Berea College, Berea, KY
Taught wheelthrowing, in addition to maintenance and operation of studio

2001 - 2002 Visiting Assistant Professor, Herron School of Art, Indiana University Purdue University
Indianapolis, IN
Taught clay and glaze materials, handbuilding, wheelthrowing, and three-dimensional design

1999 - 2001 Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Taught handbuilding, wheelthrowing, drawing, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional
design

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 Featured Artist Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2012 “With Stitches and Patterns,” Solo Exhibition, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2004 “Containers and Tiles,” Two Person Show, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2001 “On Containment,” Solo Exhibition, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


JURIED & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2019
NCECA Boutique-A, Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, MN
Mugshot 2 Clay International, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Whit and Whimsy, Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, St. Louis, IA

2018
CUPful, Invitational, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Artifact, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
Cut & Constructed, Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Futurecraft, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, Palomar, CA
Cup: Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2017 Nasty Women Art Exhibition, Invitational, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
Slurp! Honoring the Ramen Bowl, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, St. Louis, MO
Allied Craftsmen 2017: Material Obsessions, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA
BC to BC: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, Invitational, San Diego Art Institute,San Diego, CA
25th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA

2016 Vision and Persistence: 30 Years of Ceramic Excellence at Utah State University, NCECA, Blvd Tavern, Kansas City, MO
Allied Craftsmen 2016, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA
Clay & Glass, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA
Vessel Variations, Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

2015
Juried National 3, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
12th Annual Ceramics Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Belleville, WI Cup:
Intimate Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL Faculty
Exhibition, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA

2014
Clay Studio National, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
In Full Bloom, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
American iPottery Exhibition, Sarah Silberman Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Art We Use, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
Un-Wedged, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
Alumni Centennial Exhibition, City Gallery, San Diego City College, CA

2013
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Allied Craftsmen Today, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
Unity and Diversity: Contemporary West Ceramic Artists, Invitational, Idyllwild Arts Academy,
Idyllwild, CA
Workhouse Clay National, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Possession, Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN
Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA

2012
delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO
Made for Each Other, Studio 550, Manchester, NH
“Coffee, Tea or...?,” Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, Chicago, IL
Craft National, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
San Diego Pottery Tour Exhibition, Art & Light Gallery, San Diego, CA

2011
100 Teapots V, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Cafecito, International Juried, Café Hey, Tampa, FL
Dining In IV: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
History in the Making VI, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
Intimate Cups III, Invitational, Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

2010
Currents: Contemporary Ceramics, Focus Gallery at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Feats of Clay XXII, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
Porcelains and Celadons, The Myers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
10th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH
Dining In III: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
History of Making V, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
“The Wheel Keeps Turning,” Invitational, The Art Gallery, El Camino College, Torrance, CA

2009
Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation, International Juried, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Carbondale Clay National, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Allied Craftsmen of San Diego Show, Mission Valley Branch Library, San Diego, CA
Craftforms, International Juried, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Winter Show, Clay Associates, San Diego, CA

2008
La Mesa, Invitational, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA
“Part Clay, Part Object,” Invitational, The Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA
Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2007
Ink and Clay 33, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg Gallery, Pomona, CA
Plate or Platter Exhibition, Invitational, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
“Hot and Sizzling,” Invitational, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
History in the Making II, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
California Open Exhibition, Tag Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Fabulous Finishes Exhibition, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, NY

2006
Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
“Coming of Age: Twenty-One Years of Ceramics at Utah State University,” Invitational, NCECA,
Portland, OR and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
6th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2005
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, UMBC Fine Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“School’s Out,” Invitational Exhibition of 24 Emerging Artists, Catonsville Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“White,” Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
“Cups, Cups, Cups,” Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, Saville Theater, San Diego City College, San Diego, CA

2004
“100 Teapots 2,” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Indiana University Alumni Invitational, Mavris Cultural Center, Indianapolis, IN
Past and Present: Indiana University Bloomington Ceramics Alumni and Current Students, Invitational, SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Herron School of Art Alumni and Past Faculty Exhibition, Invitational, Ceramics and Sculpture Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
“Pitcher This,” Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT
“It’s Only Clay,” The Art Center, Bemidji, MN

2003
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, David Zapf Gallery/R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego,CA
Crafts National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
“35th Birthday Party Group Show,” Invitational, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
“Containment,” Invitational, S.K.H. Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
“All About Teapots,” Invitational, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
“Just Bowls,” Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2002
22nd July National Show, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC
“From the Kitchen to the Table,” Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT
2nd Annual National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent, OH
“Pour it,” Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Galex 36, Galesburg Civic Center, Galesburg, IL
37th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN
“New Faces,” Ceramics/Sculpture Gallery, Herron School of Art, Indiana University Purdue
University Indianapolis, IN

2001
Crafts National 35, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Feats of Clay XIV, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
College Art Association Regional Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, I Space, Chicago Gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, IL
Clayfest 2001, Herron Gallery, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN Ceramics Invitational, The Art Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

2000
“Emerging Artists of the US,” Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury Center, VT
International Orton Cone Box Show, NCECA Conference, Denver, CO
“Mug Shots 2000,” Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT

1999
Ceramics Monthly International Competition, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus,OH Strictly Functional Pottery National Juried Exhibition, Artworks, Ephrata, PA National Invitationals in Clay and Wood, Avante Gallery, Cleveland, OH Clayfest XI, Christel De Hann Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, IN 16 Visions: Ceramic Artists at Indiana University, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1998
“You Are What You Eat With,” Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Alliance for the Varied Arts Gallery, Logan, UT
Fine Art Show, Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT

1997
Utah Clay Traveling Exhibition, Clark County Library, Las Vegas, NV
Fine Art Show, Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT

1996
Second Annual Associated Students of Utah State University Exhibition, Logan, UT Utah State Bookstore Art Show, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Fine Art Show, Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT


ARTISTIC AWARDS
2010 Purchase Award, Feats of Clay XXII, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
Honorable Mention, History of Making V, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
2007 Honorable Mention, California Open Exhibition, Tag Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001 Award Winner, Crafts National 35, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park,PA
Robert & Isabel Meyer Merit Award, Feats of Clay XIV, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
Honorable Mention, Clayfest 2001, Herron Gallery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
1999 Caroline Henderson’s Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National Juried Exhibition, Artworks,Ephrata, PA
1998 Juror’s Award, Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Alliance for the Varied Arts Gallery, Logan, UT
1997 Juror’s Merit Award, Fine Art Show, Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT
1996 Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Associated Students of Utah State University Exhibition, Logan,UT
Best in Printmaking, Utah State Bookstore Art Show, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Juror’s Merit Award, Fine Art Show, Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan,

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
2018 Handbuilding Workshop, Palomar College, Palomar, CA
2017 2 Day Visiting Artist Workshop, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2016 Handbuilding Workshop: “With Laces and Coils,” Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg,CA
Artist Talk: “Creative Process of Handbuilding,” Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

2015 “Pinch, Coil, Slab,” Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
Pressmolding Workshop, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA

2014 “2 x 2 x 2: 2 Days--2 Potters--2 Styles,” Handbuilding Workshop sponsored by Clay Artists of San Diego, CA Handbuilding Workshop, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

2006 Slide Talk, El Camino College, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Workshop: Handbuilding Construction, Berea College, Berea, KY
2002 Slide Lecture: “Surface Options,” Berea College, Berea, KY

Summer Workshop: “PORCELAIN: A white, translucent claybody or is it?” Herron School of Art,
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN

2001 Public Talk: "Artbites," SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2011 - 2018 San Diego Pottery Tour, San Diego, CA
2014 Trunk Show, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
2013 - 2014 Trunk Show, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
2007 Artist Residency, Jingdezhen PWS Experimental Factory, Jingdezhen, China
2005 - 2012 Associate, Clay Associates, San Diego, CA

One of nine associates co-running the non-profit organization
Participated in biannual show & art festival “Art Around Adams”
2003 “Empty Bowls,” Berea College, Berea, KY

Organized donation of ceramic bowls to community program for fighting hunger

2001 - 2002 Co-director, Ceramics and Sculpture Gallery, Herron School of Art, Indiana University Purdue

University Indianapolis, IN
Coordinated new faculty and visiting artist exhibitions and maintained gallery space
1999 - 2000 Studio Assistant, Foundations Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Fired student work, maintained studio and ordered materials and supplies

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

L’atelier Gallery, San Diego, CA
Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Mingei Museum Collectors’ Gallery, San Diego, CA
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Allied Craftsmen of San Diego
National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts
San Diego Pottery Tour

IN PRINT
Books

Trent Berning, A Ceramic Guide: The Art of Creating and Teaching Wheel-Thrown
Ceramics, Cognella Academic Publishing, 2017
Hulch, Kevin A. American iPottery, iTunes eBook, 2014
Hulch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Krause Publications, 2001
Ferrucci, Kate & Kim, Ashley. Ashley Kim: On Containment. Artist’s book designed, printed and
bound by Kate Ferrucci, 2001

Catalogs

Strictly Functional Pottery National, The Best in Contemporary American Functional

Ceramics, 2017
Hyde Art Gallery, Vessel Variations, 2016
Pottery Northwest, Unwedged, 2014
Cover of Potters Council Calendar, 2012
Focus Gallery at University of Florida, Currents: Contemporary Ceramics, Gainesville, FL, 2010
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2005
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, San Diego, CA, 2003
Lancaster Museum of Art, Crafts National, Lancaster, PA, 2003
Zoller Gallery, Crafts National 35, State College, PA, 2001
Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Monthly International Competition, Columbus, OH, 1999
Artworks Gallery, Seventh Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Ephrata, PA, 1999


Reviews

“Creating Subtlety and Complexity,” Pottery Making Illustrated, March/April 2019 “Drink
Up,” Ceramics Monthly, September 2018
“Stars of San Diego,” San Diego Home & Garden Magazine, January 2017
Exposure, Ceramics Monthly, November 2016
Studio Visit: Ashley Kim, Ceramics Monthly, May 2015
Portfolio, American Craft, October/November 2002
Up Front, Ceramics Monthly, May 2002
Reber, Leona, "Feats of Clay 2001,& Lincoln News Messenger, The Art Section, May 10, 2001
Feats of Clay XIV,& Community Journal, Vol. 2 No. 4, April 2001
Finkelstein, Lydia, & Indiana’s Top Potters Meet at Clayfest 2001
Hoosier Times, The Fine Arts Section, January 21, 2001
Seidman, Sarah, "Clay Enigmas," The Times Argus, The Arts Section, November 3, 2000
New Artists Show at Clay Studio," The Stowe Reporter, October 26, 2000


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