Hi, My name is Sean. I am so excited to see this studio and community grow! I have been passionate about ceramics since middle and high school. After high school, I studied at the ceramics department at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
After years of using this art form for my own mental health, I decided to open this studio to share my passion with the world!
I moved to Seattle in 2013 and in the midst of all that chaos and stress of a new big city I always had pottery to turn to. Without it, my mental health would've flown out the window.
I love Pottery, of course, and my love of this art form can be described in this one question - As a functional vessel, how does your creation impact your life long after it's formation?
As a child, I was always very creative and approached the world with great curiosity. Arguments and fighting were commonplace in the home growing up, so I would retreat to various creative outlets as an escape. Ultimately, my introduction to ceramics didn’t come until my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and immediately fell in love with the art form and the making process as a whole. While at university I studied abroad and attended the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in the painting and printmaking program. Upon my return, I was an active member in the ceramic program at Stout acting as a teachers assistant and studio aid. For two summers between
semesters, I apprenticed in the Twin Cities with Kevin CaufieId and finally graduated cum laude in 2013 receiving my BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics.
Shortly after graduation I left my home in Minnesota and moved to Seattle in early 2014 to pursue my love for the art as a studio assistant working and learning alongside Deb Schwartzkopf and George Rodriguez. After working with them at Rat City Studios I
took a few years away from art in general. My mental health began to decline as a direct result of the time away from ceramics and realized the necessity for a creative outlet. At the beginning of 2018 I made my return to clay and began teaching at Sean’s Clay Corner.
My love for ceramics isn’t necessarily the final end product that intrigues me. Rather, it is the process as a whole; how it constantly challenges and engages me. It forces me to expand my thought process and do things I wouldn’t have previously considered. This not only helps me to grow as an artist, but also as a person.
I started off as a member at The Clay Corner in the summer of 2018. I was finishing up graduate school in bioinformatics and I was under constant stress. Since childhood I had enjoyed taking numerous art classes: drawing, oil painting, clay animation, and woodworking, but I had never tried wheel throwing. I was instantly hooked after my first lesson. I loved the feel of the clay between my fingers even more so, I loved imagining all the endless possibilities of making something out of a piece of earth.
My hobby quickly turned into an obsession. I quit my job and said goodbye to the biotech industry. After watching me come in day after day for the better part of a year Sean graciously invited me to become an instructor. While I do not have a professional background in ceramics, I spend most of my waking hours in the studio experimenting with clay. It brings me so much joy and I want to share my passion with others.
A little about my work: my forms are simple, but thoughtful and are meant for everyday use, not to be put on a shelf and forgotten. I aim to create pieces that help enhance people’s daily rituals whether it be making a cup of tea, lighting some incense, or enjoying dinner with loved ones.