FireFest Guest Artists

Sunkoo Yuh

Originally from South Korea, Sunkoo Yuh immigrated to the US in 1988 and now resides in Athens, GA, where he is a professor of art at the University of Georgia. He received a BFA from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY.

Sunkoo's ceramic sculptures are composed of tight groupings of various forms including plants, animals, fish and human figures. While Korean art and Buddhist, Christian and Confucian beliefs inform some aspects of his imager, his work is largely driven by implied narratives that often suggest socio-political critiques. Sunkoo's current focus is architectural-scale sculpture and pushing his medium to its limits of size.

He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors. He was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, the Museum of Fine Arts, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russian, Houston, Houston, TX, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korean, the International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, the Oakland Museum of Art, CA and more.

Sunkoo will demonstrate Friday, 3 - 4:30pm, hold an artist talk Saturday, 3 - 3:30pm and reveal his large sculpture during the Saturday finale, 8:30 - 10pm.

Ethan Stern

Born in Ithaca, NY, Ethan Stern currently lives in Seattle, WA. He earned an associate's degree in Ceramics at TAFE College in Brisbane, Australia and holds a BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Alfred University. Ethan's work is widely exhibited and is held in the collections of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the Eboltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, the Museum of American Glass in NJ and the Palm Springs Art Museum. Ethan has taught sculpture at the University of Washington, Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Penland School of Craft and Pittsburgh Glass Center. He is the Interim Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School.

Pushing glass beyond the anatomy of the vessel, Ethan's work is an ongoing exploration of abstraction, color, texture and light. While glass typically reflects light and has an inherently shiny and dense appearance, Ethan is drawn to aricher, more luminous effect that can be achieved by carving and engraving the surface.

Ethan will demonstrate Friday, 1 - 4pm, have an artist talk Saturday, 1 - 1:30pm and will perform an exciting glass finale Saturday, 6 - 8pm.