Growing up in a female-centric Korean household surrounded her mom, sister, aunts, and grandmother (and her dad, too!) in Charleston, South Carolina, Angela Chvarak Jung’s early influences shaped a lifetime ambition toward building a strong, female-centric community. Driven by an interest in art spurred by growing up surrounded by her family’s colorful textile collection, Angela pursued a BFA in studio arts and ceramics at Clemson, spent a year researching pottery in Seoul, and nabbed an MPA in arts management at The College of Charleston. Throughout it all, she continued painting to keep her love of color and pattern of alive. From there, she moved to L.A. to run a commercial art gallery but found herself longing to make space for her vibrant own art again. It turned out returning to her roots in clay was the answer—and in 2018, Angela found herself quickly becoming obsessed with working on new designs at her local studio, adorning elegant, elemental shapes like mugs and bowls with gloriously colorful stripes and hand-painted abstract patterns and finding a strong group of friends in the process.
Throughout it all, she’s also fostered a strong belief that self-care is key to making good work—and to supporting the creative group around her. “Having a strong women’s circle has been incredibly impactful throughout my life,” Angela says. “I also find inspiration through my love for the outdoors, travel, yoga, music, and astrology. If we can take care of ourselves, we can better take care of others.”