Sean O’Connell is a studio potter and educator living in Montana. He is currently the Education and Communications Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Previously, Sean was an Instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago and a Visiting Faculty member at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta. Sean was also long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2011-2013 and was the 2009 Salad Days Artist-in-Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, ME. He earned his MFA from the School for American Crafts in 2009 and his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute in 2001. Sean exhibits his work nationally, is a regular contributor to ceramic publications, and conducts workshops throughout the US and Canada.
I make functional pottery based on the idea that beauty and purpose should be a part of everyday use. It is my pleasure to make these objects and my desire to see them in the hands and on the tables of others, who like me, have a passion for that which is tended and thoughtful.
My pots are direct expressions of my aesthetic interests. From abstract painting to calligraphic traditions, historical pottery to contemporary design, landscapes to poetry. These sources and others sustain and nurture my studio practice and provide unlimited points of departure for the study of form and surface. Critical to this process is the persistence of vision from one object to the next. Linking one grouping of work to the next through the spontaneity of brush work, the visual splendor of color, and the idiosyncrasies of form. These objects serve the purpose of expression within the context of utility.