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Artist: Seth Green

Seth Green, INDIANA
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Seth Green is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), in Fort Wayne, IN. He received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BA in Art from Southern Utah University. He has worked at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado and has been an artist-in- residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Before Joining the faculty at PFW, Seth taught ceramics at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is also the co-founder of the Indiana Clay Conference. 

Seth actively exhibits his ceramic vessels on the national and international levels. He has received numerous awards for his work and has published articles and images of his work in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Clay Times Magazine, The Log Book, American iPottery, and two Lark Books publications “500 Vases” & “500 Teapots. He has also been a demonstrator, visiting artist, and workshop presenter at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Clay Studio of Missoula, Michigan Mud Conference, and at several universities around the country.

Artist Statement

Capturing clean lines and continuous curves that produce striking silhouettes, strong negative spaces, and distinct profiles around architecture, primarily drives my creative decision making in the studio. Symbolic details used in the creation of religious and royal architecture also influence my wheel-thrown and assembled ceramic vessels. Specific forms of inspiration are Baroque and Romanesque cathedrals, palaces, and other architectural references of the Czech Republic and Islamic mosques, that are topped with domes, spires and finials that pierce the sky and reach heavenward.

Luxury or ceremonial wares, that were used in a palace to celebrate a momentous occasion or in a place of worship to enhance the sacredness of a ceremony, also influence my work. Such examples include scalloped rims and the elaborate joinery of necks, spouts, and handles of metalwork and pottery crafted during the Persian and Ottoman Empires. Rather than the specifics of rituals or ceremonies that these objects were used for, I am intrigued with the sense of importance and sacredness that my pouring, drinking, and lidded vessels convey.

The metalsmithing technique of inlaying metals, such as silver and gold into brass, is reminiscent of the silver and gold crystals that emerge through the glazed surfaces of my vessels as they cool in the kiln. Glaze applied to these ceramic forms accentuate, yet soften, their details and silhouettes. Precious metal lusters are applied to spout tips and finials to communicate the same degree of beauty and luxury as the referenced historical objects and emphasize the most important aspects of the work. Sharply detailed edges and patinaed metallic surfaces are also achieved through the use of high-iron clay slips applied to my wood-fired vessels that are cooled in a reduction atmosphere.

Ultimately, the ascendant gesture of my work is meant to elevate. It symbolizes strength in purpose and the potential for transcendence toward something higher and greater.




University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT Level 1 Professional Educator License (Secondary Ed.)


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, Bachelor of Arts, Art: Emphasis in Ceramics and Sculpture (Magna Cum Laude)

Selected Professional Experience

2019-Present   Co-Founder and Organizer, Indiana Clay Conference, Fort Wayne, IN

2016-Present Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 

Jan-May 2016 Associate Professor of Art and Design, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 

2011-2015 Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Selected Honors


Selected Artist to make Governor’s Art Awards, Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY


Artist- in- Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT


Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Selected Awards

2021 Juror’s Choice Award, Altered Atmospheres, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY

Best Proportions & Best Bling Awards, Picture Perfect II, Good Earth Pottery, Bellingham, WA

2020 Second Place Award, Contemporary Clay 2020 Exhibition, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

2019 Third Place Award, The Eloquent Vessel, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

2018 Third Place Award, Southern Miss Pottery National, Gallery of Art and Design, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

2017 First Place Award, Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2017, Potter Fine Arts Gallery St. Joseph, MO James May Gallery Purchase Award, Working Pots II: 2nd Annual Juried Utilitarian Ceramics Exhibition, Algoma, WI 

Third Place Award, Battle of the Bowls Exhibition, Academy Center for the Arts, Lynchburg, VA.

2016 Purchase Award: John Ground Collection, 24th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibit, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA

Merit Recognition Award, 59thAnnual National Juried Art Show, Rocky Mount, NC

3rd Place Award, Working Pots Exhibition, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

2015 Best of Show, Kentucky Crafted: The Market, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY

1st Place, Containment, University of North Carolina at Wilmington Gallery, Wilmington, NC

2013 Honorable Mention, Mug Shots, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2012 Best Teapot Award, 20th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lehman’s Pottery Lancaster, PA

Award of Excellence, Pour 2012, Terra Incognito Studios, Lagrange, IL


Selected Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

2021 Wingate Foundation Grant, Little Rock, AR ($45,000) awarded to expand outdoor kiln building and build new Wood/Soda kiln for the ceramics area in the Department of Art and Design)

2020 Wingate Foundation Grant, Little Rock, AR ($41,675) awarded to purchase new gas and electric kilns for the ceramics area in the Department of Art and Design, Purdue Fort Wayne.

2018 Wingate Foundation Grant, Little Rock, AR ($50,000) to replace/upgrade old gas and electric kilns for the ceramics area in the Department of Art and Design, Purdue Fort Wayne.

Grant-In-Aid of Research or Creative Activity, IPFW, Office of Sponsored Programs, ($1000), to help purchase equipment to build a soda kiln.

2017 Kiln Building Fund, IPFW, ($14,676 awarded to build new wood kiln in the Department of Fine Arts at IPFW. Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors Portal to the Public Fellowship, IPFW ($750 awarded to present my creative research at the Portal to the Public event, Fort Wayne, IN)

Summer Faculty Grant, IPFW, Purdue Research Foundation, ($8000), “Developing Stunning and Reliable Pottery Glazes.”

2015 Creative Productions Grant, MSU, ($5000 awarded to take hand building, wood and soda firing workshop, Good Hope, Jamaica; graduate student included in grant)

2014 Arts and Humanities Council Special Events Grant, MSU, ($800 awarded, totaling $1850 with matching funds) funding to bring in a visiting ceramic sculptor (Linda Lopez)

2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, ($7,500 awarded to travel to Prague, Czech Republic and Istanbul, Turkey to research and photograph art and architecture)

Selected Exhibition Record

2021 Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 29th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA; Jurors: Roberto Lugo, Margaret Kinkead, Brooks Oliver, Sept. 24 – Nov. 13

Clay AKAR Gallery, Yunomi 2021, Iowa City, IA; Curator: Jigna Jani (Directory/Owner of Clay AKAR) Jun. 18- Aug. 18

Good Earth Pottery, Pitcher Perfect II, Bellingham, WA; Juror: Jen Allen (Full-time Studio Potter, Morgantown, WV) Jun. 1- Jul. 1

River Oaks Square Arts Center, 7th Annual Dirty South Cup Show, Alexandria, LA; Juror: Dan Anderson (Professor of Ceramics Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) Apr. 9 - May 22

Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Altered Atmospheres,Schuylerville, NY; Juror: Mark Shapiro (Full-time Studio Potter, Worthington, MA) Mar. 13 – Apr 23

Companion Gallery, Last Call VI, Humboldt, TN; Curator: Eric Botbyl (Gallery Owner) Mar. 15- Apr. 15

Eutectic Gallery, NCECA EXPO Invitational,NCECA Virtual Conference 2021, Curator: Sarah Davis (Eutectic Gallery Coordinator) Mar. 17-21

2020 Companion Gallery, Seth Green: New Work, Invitational Exhibition, Humboldt, TN, Jul-Aug [Solo]

Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Contemporary Clay 2020, Grand Junction, CO; Juror: Bill Van Guilder (Potter, Maryland) 

Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 28th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition, Lancaster, PA; Juror: Julia Galloway (Professor of Ceramics, University of Montana-Missoula), 

Clay AKAR Gallery, Yunomi 2020, Iowa City, IA; Curator: Jigna Jani (Directory/Owner of Clay AKAR) [Invitational]

Wayne Center for the Arts, Functional Ceramics 2020, Wooster, OH; Curator: Kim Nagorski (Ohio Designer Craftsman) Mar. 16 - Apr. 20 [Invitational]   

2019 Garrett Museum of Art, Seth Green: Wood-Fired Vessels, Garrett, IN [Solo, Invitational]

Visual Arts Gallery, State of Clay in Indiana, Purdue Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN; Juror: Ted Neal (Professor of Ceramics, Ball State University)

Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 27th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA; Juror: Malcolm Mobutu Smith (Professor of Ceramics, Indiana University Bloomington)

Red Lodge Clay Center, Juried National V, Red Lodge, MT; Juror: Mike Helke (Professional Studio Potter, Stillwater, MN)

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gallery, 2019 Instructor Exhibition, Gatinburg, TN; Curator: Kelsey Dillow (Gallery Coordinator)

Teastory Tea Museum, Boro Connection, Seoul, South Korea, Curator: Tae Heung Lee (Studio Potter, South Korea)

Seok Juseon Memorial Museum, Dankook University, 2019 International Society for Ceramic Art and Exchange (ISCAEE) Korea Exhibition, Yongin, South Korea, [International, Invitational]

Lightwell Gallery, Eloquent Vessels, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Juror: Doug Casebeer (Artist in Residence, OU School of Visual Arts)

Worchester Center for Crafts, The Bowl Show, Worchester, MA; Juror: Martha Grover (Studio Potter, Bethel, MA)

Clay AKAR Gallery, Yunomi 2019, Iowa City, IA; Curator: Jigna Jani (Directory/Owner of Clay AKAR) 

The Clay Studio Gallery, Small Favors, Philadelphia, PA; Curator: Dominique Ellis (Gallery Coordinator), 

The Art League of Baytown Gallery, 12th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament, Baytown, TX; Juror: Vorakit

Chinookoswong (Professional Studio Potter, Seabrook, TX)

Savannah Clay Community Gallery, Sip: A Ceramic Cup Show, Savannah, GA; Juror: Liz Zlot Summerfield (Studio Pottery, Baskerville, NC)

North Carolina Pottery Center, Art of Clay, Seagrove, NC; Juror: Doug Fitch (Studio Potter, Scotland)

2018 Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Symbolic Vessels, Huntington University, Huntington, IN [Solo, Invitational]

Ann Miller Gallery, Wittenberg University, Celebrating the Metallic Ceramic Surface, Springfield, OH; Curator: Scott Dooley (Prof., WU) [Solo, Invitational]

Threadbare Cider Houser & Mead, Palliative Pour, Pittsburgh, PA; Juror: Chris Gustin (Associate Professor Emeritus, U Mass, Dartmouth) (NCECA Venue Generated Exhibition)

Pewabic Pottery, On the Rocks: An Exhibition of Vessels for and Related to Drinking, Detroit, MI Juror: Peter Pinnell (Professor of Ceramics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Clay Studio of Philadelphia Gallery, Clay Studio National, Philadelphia, PA; Juror: Beth Ann Gerstein (Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in California)

James May Gallery Working Potts III, Algoma, WI; Juror: Liz Pechacek (Studio Potter, Minneapolis, MN)

Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Contemporary Clay 2018, Grand Junction, CO; Curator: Doug Casebeer, (Artistic Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center)

2017 Doris Ulmann Galleries, New Works by Seth Green, Berea College, Berea, KY [Solo, Juried]

Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 25th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA; Juror: Linda Sikora (Professor of Ceramics, Alfred University)

Workhouse Art Center Gallery, Workhouse Clay International 2017, Lorton, VA; Juror: Chris Gustin (Emeritus Professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth),

Maria V. Howards Art Center Gallery, 60thAnnual National Juried Art Show, Rocky Mount, NC; Juror: Harriot Hoover (North Carolina Museum of Art)

James May Gallery, Working Pots II: 2nd Annual Juried Utilitarian Ceramic Exhibition, Algoma, WI; Juror: Birdie Boone (Full-time Studio Artist, VA)

Blue Line Arts Gallery, Purposeful Pottery, Roseville, CA; Juror: Tony Natsoulas (Exhibitions Coordinator, Blue Line Arts) Potter Fine Arts Gallery, Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2017, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO; Juror: Ted Neal (Professor of Ceramics, Ball State University)

2016 Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, UNL Ceramic Alumni Exhibition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Curator: Margaret Bohls (Associate Professor, UNL)

University of North Florida Gallery of Art, UNF International Ceramics Exhibition, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Juror: McKenzie Smith (Studio Potter, Florida)

Carbondale Clay Center Gallery, Ceramic Intern Exhibition: Mentoring Artistic Excellence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center,

Carbondale, CO, Curator: Doug Casebeer (Associate Director, ARAC)

Maria V. Howards Art Center Gallery, 59thAnnual National Juried Art Show, Rocky Mount, NC, Juror: Roger Manley (Director, Gregg Museum at NCSU)

Southern Utah Museum of Art, First Peak, Cedar City, UT, Jurors: Susan Harris (Professor of Art, SUU), Kathy LaFave (Owner, LaFave Gallery) and Lila Abersold (Veteran of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums)

Harrison and Smith+Reed Galleries, The Clay Studio National, Philadelphia, PA, Jurors: Elisabeth R. Agro, Nancy M. McNeil (Associate Curator of Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Selected Citations (Images and Text)

2021 Green, Seth, Ceramics Monthly, “Effectual Travel and Architectural Influence”, Vol. 69, no. 10, December 2021, pp. Cover, 48-52, & 64 (17 color plates and text)

2020                   Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure.” Gallery Guide, October 2020, pp. 14 & 65 (one color plate and text) 

Magazine of the Art Center of Western Colorado, “Exhibitions”, Vol. 5, no. 1, May 2020, pp. Cover and pp. 10 (two color plates and text)

Fort Wayne Magazine, “Viewpoint”, November 2020, pp.10 (one color plate and text)

2019                    Ceramics Monthly, “Grounded.”, Vol. 67, no. 7, September 2019, pp. 53 (one color plate and text) Selected as readership-wide contest

                           Ceramic Arts 2020 Yearbook, “Indiana Potters Conference”, December 2019, pp 18 (one color plate and   text)


Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Drink UP”, Vol.66, no7, Sept. 2018. pp. 23 (one color plate and text) Selected as readership-wide contest

Neal, Ted “Community, Kilns, and Reduction Cooling.” The Log Book, pp. 16–23. (two color plates and text)


Clay Times Magazine, “Ceramics JAX”, Vol. 23, no102. Spring/Summer 2017.


500 Teapots. New York: Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co., 2013. p. 90, Book

Citation Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Exposure”, Vol.61, no1, Jan 2013. pp. 18,19


500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. New York: Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co., 2010.

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