MYUNG AHN, ceramics
2019/20 Artist in Residence
I find beauty and joy in simplicity. Noticing my breath expand and contract is such a simple yet profound experience that is available in any moment. Because working with clay can be so simple yet profound, I am studying the characteristics of the material like a playful child with a serious curiosity.
The way I construct my work is fairly simple. My pieces start off as large pinch pots. The solid surfaces are then torched, and stretched from the inside until I have reached a successful balance between texture and form. I love this technique because it’s a simple and effective way to bring out the form and surface quality that I am most interested in.
Myung Ahn was born and raised in Jinju, Korea. He immigrated to CA, United States when he was 19. He struggled fitting in to society for many years until he started meditating, and he eventually took his first ceramics class at Sierra College in 2014 for fun. It’s not that he fell in love with clay immediately; it was more like the clay chose him gradually. Myung graduated from Humboldt State University in 2018 with Studio Art (ceramics) degree, and he is taking a first step out here at Mendocino Art Center as an artist in residence. He started as a potter, making large vessels until he transferred to Humboldt State University where he explored and developed non-functional sculptural vessels aka Clay Speaks Series.