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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 The form and surface I use are often inspired by contemporary ceramics as well as historical references utilitarian object.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.


BIOGRAPHY
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.


EDUCATION
2012 Post-Baccalaureate, University of Iowa

2007-2009 
Candidate for Bachelor of Arts, Northwest Missouri State University

2005-2007 
Associate in Arts, Iowa Central Community College


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2011
Beginning Pottery Class, The Produce Station Pottery, Webster City, IA

2010

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 EXPERIENCE

2009-Present
Professional Studio Artist

2011

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

2010

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


ORGANIZATION

2012
Clay Society, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2007-2009

Clay Club, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

2005-2007

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

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



JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2013
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


2012

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)


2011

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


2010

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


2009

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

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


2008

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

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


2006

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


SOLO EXHIBITION

2010
Solo Exhibition, Albert Lea Art Center, Albert Lea, MN

2008

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


JURIED ART FESTIVALS

2013
American Craft Council 2013, St. Paul, MN

2011-2012

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

Octagon Art Festival, Ames, IA


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


2012

River Loop Art Festival, Waterloo, IA

Holiday Thieves Market, Iowa City, IA


Heart Fest A Fine Art Show, Des Moines, IA



COLLECTIONS

2012
Ceramics Large Round Vase for Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA

2010

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


2009

Ceramics Vase for Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Ceramics Vase for Laura Kukkee, Maryville, MO


Ceramics Vase for Glenn Williams, Maryville, MO



PUBLICATIONS

2012
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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