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Artist: Seth Green


Seth Green
Seth Green, INDIANA
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Symbolic details used in the creation of religious and royal architecture primarily influence my wheel-thrown and assembled ceramic vessels. Specific forms of inspiration are the cathedrals, palaces and mosques of the Islamic world and the Czech Republic, that are topped with domes, spires and finials that pierce the sky and reach heavenward. Spires and finials are prominently featured in most of my works, communicating spiritual and significant symbolism. Striking silhouettes, symmetry and line also captivate my focus. Luxury or ceremonial wares that were made to reside in holy or culturally noteworthy edifices are also an influence. Such examples include metalwork, glass and pottery from the Persian and Ottoman Empires that were made for and owned by royalty, religious leaders and other prominent individuals. These historic vessels, which were used in a palace to celebrate a momentous occasion or in a church to enhance the sacredness of a ceremony, are referred to in my work. Rather than the specifics of rituals or ceremonies, I am intrigued with the sense of sacredness that my pouring, drinking, and lidded vessels convey. I take advantage of clay’s ability to retain carefully defined and metal-like details while using luxurious metallic finishes that are only possible through the ceramic process. Glaze applied to these ceramic forms accentuate, yet soften, their details and silhouettes. The use of crystal forming glazes and precious metal lusters communicate the same degree of beauty and luxury as the referenced historical objects and emphasize the important aspects of the work.

Education
2009 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics
2006 Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT Level 1 Professional Educator License (Secondary Ed.)
2005 Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, Bachelor of Arts, Art: Emphasis in Ceramics and Sculpture

Selected Professional Experience
2016-Present Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, 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

Honors
2014 Selected Artist to make Governor’s Art Awards, Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY
2009 Artist- in- Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2006-2009 Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Awards
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
First Place Award: Ceramics Category, Spring Show 2012, Rowan County Arts Center, Morehead, KY
2011 Bailey Pottery Equipment Corp. Purchase Award, 19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Kevin Lehman’s
Pottery Lancaster, PA


Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships
2018 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.”
2016 Faculty Development Grant, College of Visual and Performing Arts, IPFW, ($500 awarded to attend the National
Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in Portland, OR)
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)
2012 Arts and Humanities Council Special Events Grant, MSU, ($1620 awarded, totaling $3400 with matching funds) funding to bring in four visiting ceramic artists (The Firm: Ceramics)
2011 Arts and Humanities Council Special Events Grant, MSU, ($1800 awarded, totaling $3400 with matching funds) funding to bring in visiting ceramic artist (Doug Casebeer)
2010 New Faculty Start-up Funds Grant, MSU, Center for Regional Engagement, Morehead, KY ($13,626.86 to build a Soda Kiln and a Wood Kiln for the Ceramics area)
2008 Hixson-Lied Study Abroad Support Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE: Kiln building at Curaumilla Arts Center, Curaumilla, Chile
2006-2009 Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Othmer Graduate Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Selected Exhibition Record
2018 Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Symbolic Vessels, Huntington University, Huntington, IN [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)
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN [Invitational]
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)
Kiln Building Experience
2017 Train Style Wood Kiln, Indiana University Purdue University- Fort Wayne, IN
2015 Downdraft Sculpture Car Kiln, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
2014 Train Style Wood Kiln, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
2013 Downdraft Soda Kiln, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
2007 Two Chamber Wood Kiln, Curaumilla Arts Center, Curaumilla, Chile
2006 Downdraft Sculpture Car Kiln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE
2005 Downdraft Soda Kiln, Toquerville Clay, Toquerville, UT
2004 Downdraft Test Kiln, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
2003 Downdraft Soda Kiln, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Downdraft Salt Kiln, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT


Selected Citations (Images and Text)
2017 Clay Times Magazine, “Ceramics JAX”, Vol. 23, no102. Spring/Summer 2017.
2013 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
2011 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. New York: Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co., 2010.
pp 128, 354

 


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