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Artist: Scott McClellan


Artist: Scott McClellan
Scott McClellan, MISSOURI
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Weathering, metamorphosis, heat, and tectonics are forces that form and transform the earth. Over millennia, these methods of abrasion construct captivating structures out of ubiquitous and common materials. I reference these lithic formations using the same minerals and modes of construction, creating objects that expose the true nature of the earth. Through wood-firing local unrefined clay I capture the wild nature of the terra firma, emphasizing the irregular contours, protruding impurities, rugged textures, and earth tones of my forms.

The viewer is encouraged to contemplate these pieces as archaic objects of utility that have been weathered over time. Through mass, irregularity, ruggedness, and form the presence of my objects bring viewers a sense of solemnity and solitude; a state where one experiences the weightiness of human existence simultaneously with freedom and empowerment. At its core, this work address these conflicting states of being, emotional heaviness and liberation.

EDUCATION
2017 MFA, Ceramics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

2012 BFA, Ceramics, Utah State University, Logan, UT

2009 General Studies, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

SOLO/INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2017 Varsity Art XXI, Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

2016 The Contemplative Vessel, Annex Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

MU Ceramics Graduate Exhibition, Carter Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO

USU Alumni Exhibition, Nora-Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University,
Logan, UT

Vision and Persistence: 30 Years of Ceramic Excellence, NCECA, Kansas City, MO

2015 Lithics, Craft Studio Gallery, Columbia, MO

Monoliths, Dogwood gallery, Columbia, MO

2014
Methods of Abrasion: by Scott McClellan, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Glazed By Fire: Atmospheric Invitational, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Taos Artists Invitational, Ortiz Gallery, Taos, NM

On The Horizon Invitational, St. Petersburg Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

2013
Tres-Piedres Wood Fire Invitational, Wannamaker Gallery, Taos, NM

Strata: by Scott McClellan, Gia’s Gallery, Logan, UT

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2016 The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO

Mugshot Monday Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

Tea Bowl National, Avalia Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Irons in the Fire, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

BOWLS: Exhibition, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

Off the Table, Potter Art Gallery, Missouri Western University, St. Joseph, MO

Twin Cups, Potter Art Gallery, Missouri Western University, St. Joseph, MO

White Walls II, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

Sip, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA

2015
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Tabletop, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Tea Bowl National, Avalia Gallery, Kansas City, MO

White Walls, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO

2014
Coffee Tea or, Terra Incognito, Oak Park, IL

Beyond the Brickyard, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Drink This! International Cup Show, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

2013
New Mexico Wood Fire Potters, Wannamaker Gallery, Taos, NM

Wooster Clay Exhibit, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

2012
USU Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 102, Logan, UT

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Tea-Ceramics Exhibit, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Senior BFA Exhibition, Gallery 102, USU, Logan. UT

2011
USU Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 102, Logan, UT

Gallery Walk, The Italian Place, Logan UT

Please Touch the Art, Twain Tippetts Gallery, USU, Logan, UT

2010
USU Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 102, Logan, UT

Birmingham's Alum, The Italian Place, Logan UT

Please Touch the Art, Twain Tippets Gallery, USU, Logan, UT

2009 USU Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 102, Logan, UT

2005 Box Elder County Art Show, Brigham City Museum, Brigham City, UT

AWARDS
2016
Art 21 Academic Excellence Award, Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

Purchase Award, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

2013 Phyllis Blair Clark Scholarship, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

2012
Purchase Award, Tea-Ceramics Exhibit, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Wingate Fellowship Nominee, USU, Logan, UT

Dean’s List, USU, Logan, UT

2011 Most Enticing in Show, Please Touch the Art

2005
Best in Show, Box Elder County Art Show

Honorable Mention, Box Elder County Art Show

WORK EXPERIENCE
2016
Treasurer, Missouri University Clay Club, Columbia, MO

Ceramics Studio Technician, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

President, Missouri University Clay Club, Columbia, MO

2015
Ceramics Studio Technician, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Ceramics Studio Technician, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

President, Missouri University Clay Club, Columbia, MO

2014
Ceramics Studio Technician, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

Ceramics Studio Technician, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Exhibition Curator, Wannamaker Gallery, Taos, NM

Resident Artist, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Gallery Assistant, Wannamaker Gallery, Taos, NM

Resident Artist, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

2013
Gallery Assistant, Wannamaker Gallery, Taos, NM

Resident Artist, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Glaze Specialist, Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA

Studio Technician, University of Edinboro, Edinboro, PA

Workshop Assistant, Erie Clay Space, Erie, PA

2012
Juror, USU Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 102, Logan, UT

President, USU Ceramics Guild, Logan, UT

2007 Studio Technician, Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016
Private Instructor, Access Arts, Columbia, MO

Summer Art Camp, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

Beginning Wheel Throwing, Access Arts, Columbia, MO

Intro to Ceramics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Intro to Hand Build Ceramics, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

Intro to Wheel Thrown Ceramics, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

2015
3-D Design, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Intro to Ceramics, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

2014
Intro to Ceramics, The Craft Studio, Columbia, MO

Glaze Calculation Workshop, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Throw and Fire: Raku Ceramics, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Hand Building Workshop, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Mold Making Workshop, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Community Ceramics Class, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Intro To Ceramics, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

2013
Throw and Fire: Raku Ceramics, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Intro to Ceramics, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Community Ceramics Class, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Intro To Ceramics, Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

Table for Four Tableware Workshop, The Clay Space, Erie, PA

Assistant Ceramics Teacher, Allenstone Gallery and Studio, Erie PA,

Teaching Assistant, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2012
Ceramics Hand building Workshop, Davinci Art Academy, Ogden, UT

Ceramics Hand Building Workshop, Logan High School, Logan, UT

2009 Substitute Teacher, Art/Ceramics K-12, Brigham City, UT

2006 Community Ceramics, Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA

 


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