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Ellen Kong

My roots as a painter have branched freely into my current interests in ceramics. Thus surface and form have become mutually dependent in my work.  I seek surface designs that rise, dance, and express three-dimensional forms. Painting and sculpture cross-pollinate, yielding synergistic, hybrid forms.

Like the horticulturist, I must devote time to nurture each individual work.  Creating with clay is forever new to me.  It is challenging, and intriguing.  I like to construct cascading ceramic series, in which one work flows into the next. This sculptural stream of consciousness intrigues me as a vehicle to capture ideas and forms.  The incessant pursuit of the ever-expanding boundaries of technique and images nourishes me.  In my work, wind-borne seeds sown long ago germinate and bloom unexpectedly, defying time and space.  In a unique fashion, they emerge and transform into design elements that reflect my own passage.

Ellen Kong graduated Summa Cum Laude from Taiwan University with a BFA, received her MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and has studied further at Penland School of Crafts and Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts in California. She is the author of The Great Clay Adventure.

Ellen was selected as the featured artist in the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Toyama, Japan.  Her works were also included in an Invitational Art Exhibition at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center juried by Stephen Phillips, associate curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.  She was twice a recipient of the Sarah Graham Kenan Grant Award.  Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections including the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Duke University Medical Center, Wachovia Bank, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.