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O'CONNOR, SHAWN
O'CONNOR, SHAWN
MAINE

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A home cooked meal is still the essence of good, nourishing food for the body and soul. Society as a whole has forgotten that handmade pots can offer the same thing. The benefit of using handmade pots is that they contain the idea of human endeavor. For embedded within the handmade pot that we use every day resides the memory of our human evolution, an idea that transcends ethnic and racial, economic and class, cultural and national boundaries. The biggest success of hand made pots, unlike other art forms is that it is approachable and accessible. It is an art form that represents conversation between maker and user, and enters the home with the ability to affect and interact with the inhabitants on a daily basis.

My focus on utilitarian objects fills a desire to create useful objects for service in the home. My home growing up was strongly focused around the family. Family dinners were important and rarely missed growing up. My extended family gathered quite often for social events such as birthdays and holidays that always revolved around food. I would like to extend this sense of comfort and warmth through my work to others who use it.

Firing with wood also came with my upbringing. I was raised in a rural Maine home that was heated with a wood stove during the cold winter months. This meant that the fire was constantly being fed in order to heat the house. This required a lot of work and attentiveness to the fire. Preparing a winter’s worth of wood required many days of hauling, splitting, and stacking. This process was instilled in my life from an early age. I have always found the physical labor, the rhythm, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with this process, enjoyable.

The work I make is tailored for the process of wood firing. During the making, I leave the surfaces of the work quiet and relatively unmarked to allow the flame to create the modulated surface that I desire. My desired surface comes from looking at my rural environment. I am interested in worn river rocks, the erosion of land, the old weathered farmhouse, and the rich colors of leaves as they change in the fall. These are all records of time, change, and decay much like the surface of my work in the wood kiln.

The pieces are marked by the flame, colored by the kiln atmosphere, christened by ash deposits, and freckled by erupting impurities. I am fascinated with the rich surface left by this process. No two pieces are exactly the same as the flames path records distinct marks on each piece. The wood fired surface is much like the way wind and water erode rock and earth. The flame moves through the kiln wrapping in and around the work, leaving a mark dependant on what is next to, touching, or above that particular piece. The path of the flame can be controlled when stacking the kiln. Great time and care is spent on each piece as it is loaded, as this will dictate the way the flame moves over and marks the surface of this piece.

EDUCTATION
2010
MFA Ceramics, Syracuse University
2005
BFA Studio Art/Ceramics, University of Southern Maine

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2010
Ceramic Instructor, Adult and Children's Community classes, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Instructor of Record; Spring Semester, Introduction to Hand building, Syracuse University
2009
Instructor of Record; Fall Semester, Introduction to Wheel Throwing, Syracuse University
Instructor of Record; Six week Summer Session, Print on Clay, Syracuse University
Instructor of Record; Spring Semester, Introduction to Wheel Throwing, Syracuse University
2008
Instructor of Record; Fall Semester, Introduction to Wheel Throwing, Syracuse University
Teaching Assistant; Spring Semester, Introduction to Wheel Throwing II, Syracuse University
2007
Teaching Assistant; Fall Semester, Introduction to Wheel Throwing, Syracuse University
2006
Ceramic Instructor, Adult and Children classes, Round Top Center for the Arts

EXHIBITIONS
2011
Interpreting the Cup: Process, influence and Intent (Invitational) Crimson Laurel Ggallery, Bakersville, NC
Arrowmont Instructors Exhibition (Invitational) Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
Pairings at Carbonadale Clay Night; Pairing the Artist Made Cup with the Handcrafted Beverage (Invitational) Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Greens and Grog; Watershed Resident Showcase (Juried) National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference, Tampa, FL
Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation Red Lodge Clay Center Inaugural Juried National, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Artists-in-Residence Annual Exhibition (Group) Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
Current Residence (Invitational) Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
15th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
Yunomi Invitational AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2010
Third Annual Cup Show: Form & Function (Juried) Gulf Coast Community College, Panama
City, FL
Muddy’s Wood Fire Classic (Juried) The Myers Gallery at Muddy’s Studio, Santa Ana, CA
Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational; Consider the Cup 2010 The Artisan Gallery,
Northampton, MA
Holiday Cup Show (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
30 x 5 (Invitational) AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Arrowmont Artist in Residence (Group) Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University,
Murray, KY
The Art of Dining (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Kevin Lehman’s Studio, Lancaster,
PA
2nd Annual National Cup Show (Juried) The Barrett Clay Works, Art Studio and Galleries,
Poughkeepsie, NY
Alma Mater: University of Southern Maine Art Alumni Exhibition (Invitational) Isaac
Dryer Galleries, Gorham, ME
The Joy of Bowls: Soup, Salad, & Serving (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
Bowl Me Over, The 3rd Lillstreet International Juried Competition Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
White Elephant, Thesis Exhibition (Group) Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Vases of Spring (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
MFA MMX, Thesis Exhibition (Group) SU Art Galleries, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
The College Clay Collective (Juried) Genesee Pottery, Firehouse Gallery, Rochester, NY
Watershed Showcase (Juried) National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference,
Philadelphia, PA
Frosty Journey: A Look at Past Watershed Winter Resident Potters (Group) Worcester
Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
Lux Center for the Arts Second Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition Lux Center for the
Arts, Lincoln, NE
Kent State University 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show Downtown Galley, Kent,
OH
3rd Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition (Juried) Concordia University,
St. Paul, MN
Pour (Juried) Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, La Grange, IL
8 Fluid Ounces 2010, (Juried) LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2009
Hard Hats Required (Invitational) XL Projects, Syracuse, NY
Winterfest 2009 (Invitational) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational; Consider the Cup 2009, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
17th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA
Sixth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, (Juried) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
The Watershed Invitational Wood Fire Exhibition, Gustin Gallery, South Dartmouth, MA
Interdisciplinary (Invitational) XL Projects, Syracuse, NY
All Forms: Studio Pottery 09 (Invitational) Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY
Berlant/O’Connor (Two Person Show) Spark Contemporary Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show (Juried) Starbrick Clay, Nelsonville, OH
International Cup (Juried) The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Area Artist Biennial 2009 (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2008
4th Annual Simple Cup 2008 Invitational KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Art of Dinning (Invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Platters and Pourers (Juried) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Shawn O’Connor, Recent Works (Solo) Stadler Gallery, Kingfeild, ME
National Cup Show (Juried) The Barrett Clay Works, Art Studio and Galleries,
Poughkeepsie, NY
Kent State University 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show Downtown Galley, Kent, OH
In to the Garden (Invitational) Chameleon Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
16th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Market House Craft
Center, Lancaster, PA / Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
From Belgrade to Bellingham, New Work from Syracuse (Group) Standard Ceramic
Supply Company, Pittsburg, PA
2008
NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition (Juried) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
The North American Ceramic Cup Show (Juried) Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
2nd Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition (Juried) Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2007
UAM National Juried Cup Show University of Arkansas Monticello, AR
Gulf Coast Community College International Cup Show (Juried) Panama City, FL
National Juried Ceramics Exhibition (Juried) The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
Drink it in (Invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Beehive (Group) Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
The Cup & Saucer Exhibition (Juried) Where I Fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire, England
Saratoga Springs Annual Tea Bowl (Juried) Beekman Street Artists Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
12th Annual Art Honors Event (Invitational) Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Ethereality (Invitational) James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME
Watershed at Craft Boston (Group) Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
Watershed Winter Resident Exhibition (Group) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Faculty Exhibition (Invitational) Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME
Area Artist Biennial 2007, (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2006
UAM National Juried Cup Show University of Arkansas Monticello, AR
Gift.ed (Invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2006 (Juried) New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
International Cup (Juried) The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
2005
Area Artist Biennial 2005 (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
Homegrown, (Juried) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME
2004
Domestic Expressions (Juried) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME
Student Juried Exhibition University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
U.S.M. Senior Thesis Exhibition (Group) University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
2003
Student Juried Exhibition University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
Sleight of Hand (Solo) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME

AWARDS
2011
Emerging Artist Scholarship, 4 Bridges Art Festival
2010
18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Founder's Award
College Clay Collective Juror's Choice Award
Graduate School Masters Prize, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University
Syracuse University Travel Grant
Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Merit Award
2009
Jerome Solomon Memorial Scholarship, Syracuse University
2008
Barrett Clay Works National Cup Show Merit Award
Syracuse University Travel Grant
2007
Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Merit Award
Syracuse University Travel Grant
2004
Award of Excellence in Ceramics from the Maine Glass and Ceramic Museum of Portland
2003
University of Southern Maine Presidents Purchase Award
University of Southern Maine Provost Purchase Award

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2011
Exposure editor Sherman hall, Ceramics Monthly April, pg. 22
2010
18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition Catalogue pg. 22
MFA MMX, Thesis Exhibition Exhibition Catalogue pg. 28-29
MFA candidates end Syracuse University careers with eclectic on-campus show by Katherine Rushworth The Post Standard, Sunday, April 18 pg. 11
8 Fluid Ounces Exhibition Catalogue, Digital Format
2009
MFA Factor; Syracuse University Ceramics Monthly December issues, pg. 48-51
17th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition Catalogue pg. 20
Next Art Hot Spot: Fabius? By Maureen Nolen The Post Standard, Friday, May 1 pg. A-11
2008
Stadler Gallery of Art Exhibition Review, The Irregular, Wednesday, July 2, pg. 2
500 Plates and Chargers Sterling Publishing, Lark Books pg. 31
16th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition Catalogue pg. 22
2007
Gallery Section Clay Times November/December issue, pg. 48

PUBLICATIONS
2010
The Syracuse Train The Log Book No. 42 pg. 18 - 23

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2010-2011
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinberg, TN
2007
Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME
2006-2007
Winter Resident, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
2005
Summer Resident, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

VISITING ARTIST
2011
Berea College, Berea, KY - Lecture
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY - Lecture and demonstration
2010
Art Center West, Roswell, GA - Lecture and demonstration
Murray State University, Murray, KY - Lecture
Corcoran High School, Syracuse, NY - Lecture and demonstration
2009
Corcoran High School, Syracuse, NY - Lecture and demonstration
2007
Poland Regional High School, Poland, ME - Lecture and demonstration

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2010-201
Gallery Assistant, Sandra J. Blain Galleries
2009
Design and construction of train style wood kiln at Syracuse University. Studio Manager, Syracuse University
2008
Kiln Technician, Syracuse University
Empty Bowls, Syracuse, NY
Utilitarian Clay V Symposium invited assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Studio Manager, Robert M. MacNamara Foundation
Gallery Assistant, James Patrick Gallery
2006-2007
Studio Manager, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
2006
Studio Assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
2003-2004
Studio Technician, University of Southern Maine

EXHIBITIONS JURIED
Shaped Clay 2008, National High School Exhibition, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

EXHIBITIONS CURATED
Frosty Journey: A Look at Past Watershed Winter Resident Potters, Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA