Ling Chun, Ruth Easterbrook, Stephanie Hanes, Yeonsoo Kim, Cathy Lu and Nurielle Stern!


Ling Chun born in Hong Kong, a society that built upon a hybrid system of western and eastern. A foreign exchange program brought her to the United States at the age of seventeen. She then earned her BFA in visual communication design and ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. Chun has been focusing on the physicality of materials separating from their stereotype and cultural reference by questioning their authentic use and redefining them in her language.

Ruth Easterbrook started making pottery in High School.She went on to earn era BFA at Syracuse University and her MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. “I have always enjoyed the process of working with clay, and the magic in the transformation of firing and glazes. My pots are made with the idea of interactive art; that they will become part of the sharing, presentation, and pleasure that comes with making and enjoying food.  Through my researching of silhouettes, different depictions of flowers in paintings and illustration and refining the utilitarian elements of my piece I am thinking of domestic landscapes and where/how my work will live once it leaves me studio.”

Stephanie E. Hanes was born in Alberta, Canada in 1985. In 2009 she received her BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Canada. She is a recent MFA Graduate of Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 and received the prestigious Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship for a graduate student with exceptional promise. Stephanie has exhibited Internationally with a solo show at C.R.E.T.A Rome Gallery in Italy and an upcoming solo exhibition with Lefebvre et Fils Gallery in Paris, France. Her ceramic sculptures have been exhibited in New York City, Providence, Paris and Los Angeles. “The analysis of visual culture is a central focus in my work: the issues of gender, sexuality, race and power permeate into all aspects of our society’s visual culture.”

Yeonsoo Kim was born in Haenam, South Korea. He is a long-term resident artist at Morean Center for Clay. Kim earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and glass from the Hongik University located in Seoul. “Living on the island I opened my mind to all sorts of natural objects such as: mountains, sea, fields, and eventually I fell for the clay and fire. I have been doing my study in art with painting and playing with nature. From there I have learned the characteristic of clay and I was attracted to its power of liveness and vigor. This has made me focus my interest on ceramics.”

Cathy Lu has has a BA in Chinese Language and History and a BFA in Ceramics from Tufts University. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. “My work revolves around the manipulation, appropriation, and de-contextualization of traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to explore how Eastern imagery is seen and understood in the US, and how ideas of cultural ‘authenticity’ and ‘tradition’ interface with contemporary trans-cultural experiences. My materials are rooted in traditional Chinese art, working mostly in ceramic – based sculpture and watercolors.”

Nurielle Stern received undergraduate degrees innSculpture & Installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design, her Ceramics Certificate from Sheridan Institute of Technology and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She creates sculptural ceramic objects and immersive installations that often combine ceramics and video projection. Her pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes giving them a hyper-real quality. In her work, Nurielle makes tangible a fictional world of her own imagining creating things at once strange and familiar.

NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.

Congratulations 2020 NCECA Emerging Artist!!