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Artist: Billy Cho

Artist: Billy Cho
Billy Cho, IOWA
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My works are inspired by many disparate things that surround me in my daily life as a potter. I have an unquenchable curiosity what can I create with the material.

I attempt to alter form and use different thickness of slip to create different lines qualities and subtle surface changes creating a sense of movement/space within the form of work.

My intention is to draw attention to a vital element of everyday life, I have always thought about what I make can to be different from manufacture ceramics. The form and surface I use are often inspired by contemporary ceramics as well as historical references utilitarian object. I am also interested in traditional Japanese ceramics and how they tied the relationship with nature as well as the philosophy on ceramics. The history of the different cultures and the base of contemporary ceramics has provided me the opportunity exploit the references, interpret these forms form the past and reconstruct them.

Originally from Hong Kong, I came to study in America six year ago in college, went to school at Iowa Central Community College, in Fort Dodge. I started making ceramics when I was going to school at Iowa Central. Later on I transferred to Northwest Missouri State University to get my bachelor degree in art – ceramics. After I got my bachelor degree, my former teacher Maureen Seamond at Iowa Central, she owns a studio at Webster City, Iowa, gave me the opportunity to work in her studio.

2012 Post-Baccalaureate, University of Iowa

Candidate for Bachelor of Arts, Northwest Missouri State University

Associate in Arts, Iowa Central Community College


Beginning Pottery Class, The Produce Station Pottery, Webster City, IA


Night Adult ceramics session, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA

Adjunct Instructor for ceramics under supervision of Maureen Seamonds (MFA University of Iowa), Rusty Farrington (MFA University of Iowa), Iowa Central Community College

Professional Studio Artist, Webster City, IA


Professional Studio Artist


Visiting Artist, Fonda Art Center, Fonda, IA - Altering and Wheel thrown Demonstration


Visiting Artist, Kaleidoscope Factory, Pomeroy, IA - Altering and Wheel thrown demonstration


Clay Society, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Clay Club, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO


Art Club, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA

Clay Club, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA


Group Exhibition, Red Lodge Juried National 2, Red Lodge Clay Center. Red Lodge, MT (Juror: Dan Anderson)

Group Exhibition, 6th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament, 18 Hands Gallery. Houston, TX


Group Exhibition, Small work show, Chait Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, Iowa (Juror: Chelsea Jacobs)

Group Exhibition, The DeLuce Clay National juried ceramics exhibitions, The DeLuce

Gallery of Northwest Missouri State University. Maryville, MO (Juror: Peter Pinnell)

Group Exhibition, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center. East Petersburg, PA (Juror: Jack Troy)

Group Exhibition, Ecumene: Global Interface in American Cermiacs, Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design's Visual Arts Gallery. Santa Fe, NM (Juror: Jane Sauer, Clark Bughan, James Marshall)

Group Exhibition, Visions in Clay 2012, LH Horton Jr. Gallery. Stockton, CA. (Juror: Joe Bova)

Group Exhibition, MUG Shots: Fourth Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Juror: Gail Kendall)

Group Exhibition, CUPS AND COFFEE International Juried Cup Show (during NCECA), Fuel Coffee Seattle. Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Clay 3, ClaySpace, Warrenville, IL (Juror: Steve Hill)


Group Exhibition, It's Only Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN (Juror: Guillermo Cuellar)

Group Exhibition, Un-Wuged, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA (Juror: Chris Staley)

Group Exhibition, Starbrick Clay National Cup Show, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH

Group Exhibition, DINING IN: AN ARTFUL EXPERIENCE, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX

Group Exhibition, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA (Juror: Mary Barringer)

Group Exhibition, River2River Juried SHow, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA (Jurors: Bunny McBride, JoAnn Schnabel, Sanjay Jani)

Group Exhibition, Evolutionaries: Art and Healing Consultants for Arts & Culture, Houston, TX

Group Exhibition, KC Clay Guild Tea Bowl National 2011, KC Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO

Group Exhibition, Cafecite (during NCECA), Cafe Hey, Tampa, FL


Group Exhibition, Alumni Art Show, Iowa Central Student Art Exhibition, Fort Dodge, IA

Group Exhibition, Visions in Clay 2010, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA


Group Exhibition, Window to my World, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA

Group Exhibition, Northwest Missouri State University Student Art Show, Maryville, MO


Group Exhibition, Northwest Missouri State University Student Art Show, Maryville, MO

Group Exhibition, 13th Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Kansas City, MO


Group Exhibition, Iowa Central Community College Art Exhibitions, Fort Dodge, IA


Solo Exhibition, Albert Lea Art Center, Albert Lea, MN


Solo Exhibition, BA Thesis Show, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO


American Craft Council 2013, St. Paul, MN


Waterloo Holiday Art Festival, Waterloo Center for Art, Waterloo, IA

Octagon Art Festival, Ames, IA

Art in the Park, Okoboji, IA (2012 First Place)


River Loop Art Festival, Waterloo, IA

Holiday Thieves Market, Iowa City, IA

Heart Fest A Fine Art Show, Des Moines, IA


Ceramics Large Round Vase for Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA


Ceramics Round Form Vase and Double-Form Vase for Waterloo Center for the Art, Waterloo, IA

Ceramics Round Form Vase for Albert Lea Art Center, Albert Lea, MN


Ceramics Vase for Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Ceramics Vase for Laura Kukkee, Maryville, MO

Ceramics Vase for Glenn Williams, Maryville, MO


Ceramics Monthly. Ceramics Publication Company/Exposure. Volume 60, No. 9, Page 21. Publish Date: November, 2012.

Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics. Page 10-11, 2012. Publish Date September 9, 2012. NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) (Standard Copyright License)


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