Bongsang Cho - Raleigh NC
Bongsang Cho is a South Korea-born metalsmith. This young artist combines traditional techniques of forming metal with new technology to create innovative work. Beautiful, strong and textural, his pieces display the contrast between structural forms and natural beauty of material. Cho earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals and Jewelry from Hanyang University in South Korea, and early influences from Korean art and design still resonate in his work. He moved to the United States in 2005, where he worked with professor and metal artist Komelia Okim and acted as her assistant for Montgomery College and during summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts. He worked as an assistant to Namu Cho, a well-known jeweler who specializes in creating and using the damascene technique in jewelry.