Chong emigrated to the US from Korea when he was thirteen. Before long, he graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking and moved with his wife Judi to Massachusetts. There he worked for a company creating plates to emboss names and logos inside shoes as well as plates for greeting cards, perfume boxes and other applications. Eventually, Chong and Judi moved to Great Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine to start a business creating plates for similar applications. A chance suggestion by an island neighbor prompted Chong and Judi to carve a metal plate to make their Christmas cards that year. Their art is a real team effort. Chong does the designing. From the original idea he makes the working drawings and carves the design into a metal plate. Judi also studied printmaking and painting in college. She does the presswork (the actual embossing and coloring). She also makes some of the paper they use and marbles other papers as well. Click to learn (and see) more about how we create these wonderful works.