Tell us about yourself!
I arrived in the U.S. having already completed a Master’s degree in glass from Kookmin University (Korea), but determined to pursue further glass education. I chose the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a place where I could both study English and earn a second MFA degree in glass. I live in Rochester, NY where I make my own sculptures and teach classes at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. I have been worked with glass since 1998 starting with glass designs.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I like the immediacy of control the shape, size, and color of glass and it is fascinating process that I can see in front of my own eyes while I work and control them by my hands.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
Although there is much attention and sensitivity towards the things that make us very different from one another, there is an undeniable connection in that we all desire something better for ourselves. This impulse is the impetus within my sculptural work, work that visually communicates the spiritual essence of human ambition.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would possibly be a fashion designer as it was my childhood dream or a jewelry designer. Before I got into glass, I studied fashion design, jewelry design, textile design, as well as interior design.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I had severe burn on both hands when I was young, it made me handicapped. But ironically I am working with fire with hands.
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