Sean O’Connell is a studio potter and educator living in Red Lodge, MT. Currently he is the Programs Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Sean earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in Ceramics from the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology. He was the 2009 Salad Day’s Artist-in-Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME and completed a two year Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. Sean has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Alberta College of Art + Design. In addition, he has received several recognitions including being named one of the NCECA Emerging Artists in 2016. Sean exhibits his work nationally and regularly gives workshops and lectures throughout North America.
I am a potter. I believe in the beauty of handmade objects. Making pots is a deliberate attempt at slowing down, connecting to something deeper, and taking time to appreciate the pleasure of labor. In addition, I value the constraints of working with one material and with a certainty of purpose. This allows me to explore notions of beauty and cultivate a sense of order.