Chanakarn Semachai

Chanakarn Semachai (Punch), was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Punch graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor in Fine and Applied Art Degree from Chulalongkorn University, located in the heart of Bangkok City, the capital of Thailand. She is currently an MFA candidate at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and expected to graduate in the spring of 2019.

Punch began with a focus on sculpture, however recently began exploring functional wares that discuss similar ideas and designs as her sculptural surfaces. She combines a multitude of unique and exciting design elements on both her sculptures and functional vessels, creating a cohesive body of work. She has shown her work internationally, both in Thailand and in the United States. Her work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s Drink Up! 2018 September Issue. She was awarded a first place through the Jensen Art center’s 6th Annual Cup Show and 3rd place and purchase award from James may Gallery in the Working Pots III exhibition. Recently, she won the Juror Choice’s Award through Companion Gallery. Punch was included on C File’s Holiday pop-up sale in 2017.

Before Punch went to graduate school, she had a career as a ceramic design lecturer at Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University. After teaching for a year, the University encouraged her to pursue her masters degree in the hopes of her returning at completion and continuing to teach and develop the ceramics program at the university and help build a stronger ceramics community in Thailand.

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