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Artist: Chanakarn Semachai


Chanakarn Semachai
Chanakarn Semachai (Punch), THAILAND
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My role as an explorer was initiated when I was a child, and my doodles were treated as treasures. I moved from Thailand to pursue my Master of Fine Arts degree and have unavoidably been immersed in an entirely new culture. I have faced new and unforgettable experiences which have changed my life and the way I make art. Living in a totally unfamiliar world has had lasting impressions, and has affected my work. In the beginning, I found that I was slowly and unconsciously changing into a new person and trying hard to blend into the new society and culture. Eventually, I shifted back to myself, although a new, better version of myself. I realized that people from all around the world share similar feelings and you don't need to fit in to be happy.

I came across a story of a man who went to jail before social media took over our world and changed how we live and interact with other human beings. The first day he earned his freedom back, he was walking around and noticed that people had little things on their ears and were talking to themselves. Tons of people were staring at their big phones, and no one was reading newspapers or
books in a subway anymore. He had so many new things to learn and keep up with. He felt out of place, like he didn’t know the world anymore. From that story, it got me thinking; what if dinosaurs came back to live in this present world? How would they feel? They were here first, a long time ago. They died, and we took over, slowly changing their world. They would probably try so hard to fit in and try to live the life that suits this modern world. Yet, they will stand out anyway because they are dinosaurs. Sometimes when I go to new places or surround myself with a new environment, I feel like I’m a dinosaur. I think people will see that I do not belong. I think about these things a lot, and then I realized that it’s just an insecurity and it is completely normal to have them. We should embrace our differences and find ways to live with it. I would like to send a message through my art that encourage people to accept that everybody is unique and that is what makes people special as individuals.

Nationality: Thai
Date of Birth: 09/14/1990
Gender: Female

WORK EXPERIENCE
August 2015 - Present
Position Full-time Faculty (Ceramics major)
Responsibilities Conducting Creative Ceramics III, Pottery Decoration and Illustration class
Employer/Address Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,Thailand
Type of business Education

August 2014 - July 2015
Position Freelance Illustrator and designer
Responsibilities Character and Illustration Design
Type of business Art and Design
Date May 2013 - August 2014
Position Accessories Designer
Responsibilities Product design,Trend researcher and Graphic design
Employer/Address Pen Khun Co.,Ltd Bangkok, Thailand
Type of business Art and Lifestyle
Education and Training

August 2016 - May 2019
Master of Fine Art in Ceramics
Institution Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, United States of America
2009-2013
BA summa cum laude, Creative Craft (Ceramics)
Institution Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 (3 month-internship program)
Principal Studies Ceramics
Institution Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory,Rachaburee,Thailand


AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS
2019 Outstanding Graduate Student, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
NCECA Graduate Award for Excellence - 3rd place, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN
Juror Choice’s Award, Last Call IV,Companion Gallery, Humboldt,TN
Assistant Fellowship, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
2018 The Raising Star Project Scholarships, Franz Project,Taipei, Taiwan.
Juror Choice’s Award,Material Mugs III,UNDERGLAZE, Companion Gallery, Humboldt,TN
1st Place,6th Annual Cup Show Exhibition 2018, Jansen Art Center,WA
3rd Place and Purchase Award,Working Pots III, James May Gallery,WI
Best in Printmaking Award, Edinboro Student show, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
Assistant Fellowship, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
2017 Best in Show Award, Edinboro Student Juried show, Bruce Gallery,Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
Assistant Fellowship, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
2016 Assistant Fellowship, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
2011 Best in Show Award,Cost Saving in Ceramic Process for High efficiency ,Museum of Chulalongkorn
University,Thailand
Rookie of The Year Award,Thailand Ceramic Award,Phranakhon Rajabhat University,Thailand
2009 Talented Art Student Scholarship, Chulalongkorn University,Thailand

Exhibitions

2019 Class [Clay and Glass international Symposium] Exhibition, Chula Museum, Thailand (up coming)
The Beautiful and Bizarre: Figurative Ceramics Invitational, Florida Craft Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
(Curated by Taylor Robenalt)
Eloquent Vessel, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma,Norman,OK (Juried by Doug Casebeer)
Star-Crossed Event in Dino District, Bates Gallery, Edinboro University, PA (Solo, Thesis Exhibition)
Made By Sea,Pottery Northwest,Seattle,WA (Invited by Soe Yu Nwe)
Keystone Clay: West, Baltimore Clayworks,Baltimore,MD (Invited by Baltimore Clayworks Committee)
Hastings College Functional Ceramics Exhibition, Hastings College,Hastings,NE (Invited by Sarah E. Swist)
Companion Gallery NCECA Show, coinciding with NCECA 2019,The Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Conference room,
Minneapolis,MN
Sea Roots,coinciding with NCECA 2019,Continental Clay's CO Exhibition Gallery,Minneapolis,MN
The 2019 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition,in conjunction with the NCECA 53rd Annual Conference,
Claytopia, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN (Juried by Linda Lopez and Steven Young Lee,national)
You've Been Served,coinciding with NCECA 2019,Urban Forage Winery and Cider House,Minneapolis,MN
When We Collaborate Show, Clay Art Vegas, Las Vegas,NV (Invited by Thomas Bumblauskas,national)
Last Call IV, Companion Gallery, Humboldt,TN (Invited by Carole Epp, catalogue)
Mug Madness 2019, Saltstone Ceramics, Seattle, WA (Juried by Justin Rothshank)
Cup Show, Clay Art Vegas, Las Vegas,NV (Juried by Katie Bosley,national)
2018 The Cup, The Mug, Main Street Arts,Clifton Springs, NY (Juried exhibition)
The sculptural Vessel,Clay Centre of New Orleans,New Orleans ,LA (Juried by Brett Freund)
Desirnosaur,Bates Gallery, Edinboro University, PA (Solo, Candidacy Exhibition)
Graduate Art Association Show (G.A.A.),Bates Gallery,Edinboro University,PA(region)
Euphoric Disorientation, Cashier’s House adjacent to the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Material Mugs III,UNDERGLAZE, Companion Gallery, Humboldt,TN (Juried by Renee LoPresti,catalogue)
Plates, Platters and Nothing Else Matters Ceramic Exhibition, The Long Beach Island Foundation of the
Arts and Sciences,NJ (Juried by Roberto Lugo)
12th Annual South Texas Ceramic Showdown, Institutional Collaborations,Collaboration with Lee Rexrode
(Invited by South Texas Collage)
6th Annual Cup Show Exhibition 2018, Jansen Art Center,WA
(Juried by Ann Marie Cooper. Ryan Kelly, Brian O’Neill, Jeremy Noet and Jesse Rasmussen)
Working Pots III, James May Gallery,WI (Juried by Liz Pechacek)
The Dog’s Eye Gallery Second Mug Show, Eye of the Dog art Center,TX (Juried by Kurt Anderson,national)
Erie Art Museum 95th Spring Show,Erie Art Museum,PA (Juried by Wendy Maruyama,national)
Edinboro Student Juried Show, Bruce Gallery,Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
Edinboro Student Show coinciding with NCECA 2018,Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,PA(national)
Hot Mud Pop-up Exhibition coinciding with NCECA 2018,The Church on Kincaid,Pittsburgh,PA
Lillstreet Gallery at NCECA Expo,NCECA National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts,
David L. Lawrence Convention Center,Pittsburgh,PA(national)
Small Favors,The Clay Studio, Philadelphia,PA (Juried by Lauren Mabry,national)
SIP, A Ceramic Cup Show, Savannah Clay Community, Savannah,GA
(Juried by Ben Carter,national)
2017 Cup Show, Clay Art Vegas, Las Vegas,NV (Juried by Leilani Trinka,national)
CFile Holiday Group Pop-up Online show,C-file Contemporary Ceramic Art + Design,Santa Fe,NM(national)
Solo Exhibition, Desirnosaur, Candidacy Show, Bates Gallery,Edinboro University,PA
Chimera XV, Erie Art Museum, Erie,PA (juried, student,catalogue,region)
2016 New Chicks On The Block,Lillstreet Gallery,Chicago,IL (curated by Michelle Brooks,national)
Graduate Art Association Show (G.A.A.),Bates Gallery,Edinboro University,PA(region)
Edinboro Student Juried Show, Bruce Gallery,Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,PA
(Juried by John Vanco, region)
Chimera XIIII, Erie Art Museum, Erie,PA (juried, student,catalogue, region)
Graduate Art Association Show (G.A.A.),Bates Gallery,Edinboro University,PA (region)

2015 Amity, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok,Thailand (international)
The Visual Art EX 4th, Museum of Chulalongkorn University,Bangkok,Thailand (international)
2013 Clay Pop, Silom Complex Department Store,Bangkok, Thailand (international)
Departure, Senior Project Showcase, Central World Department Store,Bangkok,Thailand (international)
2012 Stick With Clay,Interns’ Showcase,Tao Hong Tai Ceramic Factory,Rachaburee,Thailand (international)
2011 From Fine to Finest, Museum of Chulalongkorn University,Bangkok,Thailand (international)
Cost Saving in Ceramic Process for High efficiency, Museum of Chulalongkorn University,
Thailand (international)
Thailand Ceramic Award,Phranakhon Rajabhat University,Thailand (international)
Dawn of Humanities 4th,Museum of Chulalongkorn University,Thailand (international)
Clay Fever, Silom Complex Department Store,Bangkok, Thailand (international)
Talented Art Student Program Showcase, Museum of Chulalongkorn University,Thailand (international)
Workshop and Demonstration
2019 Companion Gallery NCECA Show,NCECA 2019,The Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Conference room, Minneapolis,MN
Publication
2019 Companion Gallery, Last Call IV, March 2019
The 2019 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition Catalog, March 2019
2018 Companion Gallery, Material Mugs III: Underglaze, September 2018
Ceramics Monthly,Drink Up!2018, Issue: September 2018
Erie Art Museum, 95th Spring Show catalog, April 2018
Volunteer work
2017 45th Anniversary Celebration Auction,Touchstone Centre of Crafts,Farmington, PA
2015 Clay Therapy; Art for special needs,Bangkok,Thailand
2012 Youth Development Camp, Bangkok,Thailand
Artist Resident
2018 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts,Newcastle,ME,USA, Session 5: Surface Exchange
2-week long residency
Gallery Affiliation
Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN (2018-)
Companion Gallery West, San Francisco, CA (pending)
Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago,IL (2016-2018)


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