Chanakarn Semachai (Punch) was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated in 2012 with her BA in Thailand. She earned an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Throughout her artwork, Punch explores themes of identity and multiculturalism. She combines a multitude of unique and exciting design elements in her work, and developed a special technique for creating and casting color effects by layering plexiglass. Combining colors on top of colors allows her to tell stories of cross-cultural experiences and dual or multi-cultural backgrounds.
She has shown her work internationally, both in Thailand, China, Taiwan, and the United States. She curated “Hopefully Tomorrow” an exhibition focusing on BIPOC artists working with clay for Brockway Center of Art and Technology, PA. Chanakarn is a part of The Ceramics Congress Team and is responsible for organizing The Virtual Makers Market for The Ceramics Congress Conference. Recently, she was awarded the 2022 NCECA Emerging Artist Fellowship. Currently, she has a career as a full-time ceramic faculty at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.