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Shawn O'Connor

Shawn O'Connor

Shawn O’Connor’s utilitarian woodfired objects are tailored specifically to allow the kiln to color and mark their surfaces. No two pieces are the same as the flames path records distinct marks on each piece. Incredibly smooth to the touch, always warm and inviting, the Shawn’s pots seem extend a sense of comfort and welcome to all who use them.

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Shawn O'Connor Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl Set at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Large Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Omelet Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Oatmeal Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Oatmeal Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Oatmeal Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Tea Pot at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Batter Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Cookie Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Rice Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Rice Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Rice Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Rice Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Rice Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Shawn O'Connor at MudFire

Solo show Daily Conversations: Shawn O'Connor, January 2012 Featured artist interview, February 2012

 

Shawn O'Connor Artist Bio

Shawn O'Connor was born and raised in Minot, ME. Shawn completed his BFA at the University of Southern Maine in 2005. After Undergraduate studies, Shawn went on to be a resident and staff member at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. He also completed a six-week residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation on Westport Island, ME. In May of 2010, Shawn received his MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University. The main focus of his research in graduate school revolved around wood firing. While at Syracuse Shawn designed and constructed a Train style wood kiln. He later went on to publish an article about his kiln in the Log Book, an international Journal devoted to wood firing. Shawn most recently completed a year long Artist-in-Residents at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, TN.

 

Shawn O'Connor Artist Statement

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.





Shawn O'Connor Artist Resume

Education:
M.F.A. 2010 Ceramics, Syracuse University
B.F.A. 2005 Studio Art/Ceramics, University of Southern Maine
Exhibitions:
2011, Interpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent (Invitational) Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2011, 19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Kevin Lehman's Studio, Lancaster, PA
2011, Atmospheric Fired 2011 (Juried) Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
2011, Arrowmont Instructors Exhibition (Invitational) Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
2011, Pairings at Carbondale Clay Night; Pairing the Artist Made Cup with the Handcrafted 2011, Beverage (Invitational) Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
2011, Greens and Grog; Watershed Resident Showcase (Juried) National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference, Tampa, FL
2011, Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation Red Lodge Clay Center Inaugural Juried National, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2011, The Vases of Spring (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2011, Yunomi Invitational AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2011, Artists-in-Residence Annual Exhibition (Group) Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
2011, Current Residence (Invitational) Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2011, Physical Embodiment (Two person) Art Center West, Roswell, GA
2011, 15th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
2010, Third Annual Cup Show: Form & Function (Juried) Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL
2010, Muddy's Wood Fire Classic (Juried) The Myers Gallery at Muddy's Studio, Santa Ana, CA
2010, Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational; Consider the Cup 2010 The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
2010, Holiday Cup Show (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2010, 30 x 5 (Invitational) AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2010, Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence (Group) Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
2010, The Art of Dining (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2010, 18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Kevin Lehman's Studio, Lancaster, PA
2010, 2nd Annual National Cup Show (Juried) The Barrett Clay Works, Art Studio and Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
2010, Alma Mater: University of Southern Maine Art Alumni Exhibition (Invitational) Isaac Dryer Galleries, Gorham, ME
2010, The Joy of Bowls: Soup, Salad, & Serving (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2010, Bowl Me Over, The 3rd Lillstreet International Juried Competition Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2010, White Elephant, Thesis Exhibition (Group) Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2010, The Vases of Spring (Invitational) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2010, MFA MMX, Thesis Exhibition (Group) SU Art Galleries, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2010, The College Clay Collective (Juried) Genesee Pottery, Firehouse Gallery, Rochester, NY
2010, Watershed Resident Showcase (Juried) National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference, Philadelphia, PA
2010, Frosty Journey: A Look at Past Watershed Winter Resident Potters (Group) Worcester Center For Crafts, Worcester, MA
2010, Lux Center for the Arts Second Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2010, Kent State University 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show Downtown Galley, Kent, OH
2010, 3rd Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition (Juried) Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2010, Pour (Juried) Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, La Grange, IL
2010, 8 Fluid Ounces 2010, (Juried) LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA 2009
2010, Hard Hats Required (Invitational) XL Projects, Syracuse, NY
2009, Winterfest 2009 (Invitational) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2009, Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational; Consider the Cup 2009, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
2009, 17th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA
2009, Sixth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, (Juried) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2009, The Watershed Invitational Wood Fire Exhibition, Gustin Gallery, South Dartmouth, MA
2009, Interdisciplinary (Invitational) XL Projects, Syracuse, NY
2009, All Forms: Studio Pottery 09 (Invitational) Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY
2009, Berlant/O'Connor (Two Person Show) Spark Contemporary Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2009, Starbrick Clay National Cup Show (Juried) Starbrick Clay, Nelsonville, OH
2009, International Cup (Juried) The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
2009, Area Artist Biennial 2009 (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2008, 4th Annual Simple Cup 2008 Invitational KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008, The Art of Dinning (Invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2008, Platters and Pourers (Juried) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2008, Shawn O'Connor, Recent Works (Solo) Stadler Gallery, Kingfeild, ME
2008, National Cup Show (Juried) The Barrett Clay Works, Art Studio and Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008, Kent State University 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show Downtown Galley, Kent, OH
2008, In to the Garden (Invitational) Chameleon Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
2008, 16th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried) Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA / Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2008, From Belgrade to Bellingham, New Work from Syracuse (Invitational) Standard Ceramic Supply Company, Pittsburg, PA
2008, 2008 NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition (Juried) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2008, The North American Ceramic Cup Show (Juried) Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
2008, 2nd Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition (Juried) Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2007, UAM National Juried Cup Show University of Arkansas Monticello, AR
2007, Gulf Coast Community College International Cup Show (Juried) Panama City, FL
2007, National Juried Ceramics Exhibition (Juried) The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
2007, Drink it in (Invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2007, Beehive (Invitational) Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
2007, The Cup & Saucer Exhibition (Juried) Where I Fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire, England
2007, Saratoga Springs Annual Tea Bowl (Juried) Beekman Street Artists Gallery, Saratoga, NY
2007, 12th Annual Art Honors Event (Invitational) Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2007, Ethereality (Invitational) James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME
2007, Watershed at Craft Boston Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
2007, Watershed Winter Resident Exhibition Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2007, Faculty Exhibition Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME
2007, Area Artist Biennial 2007, (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2006, AM National Juried Cup Show University of Arkansas Monticello, AR
2006, Gift.ed (invitational) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2006, Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2006 (Juried) New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2006, International Cup (Juried) The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
2005, Area Artist Biennial 2005 (Juried) L-A College Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2005, Homegrown, (Juried) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME
2004, Domestic Expressions (Juried) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME
2004, Student Juried Exhibition University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
2004, U.S.M. Senior Thesis Exhibition University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
2003, Student Juried Exhibition University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME
2003, Sleight of Hand (Solo) Kidder Lounge Gallery, Gorham, ME
Awards and Honors:
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
Publications:
2011 Exposure editor Sherman Hall, Ceramics Monthly April, pg. 22
2010 18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition Catalogue pg. 22
2010 The Syracuse Train The Log Book No. 42 pg. 18 - 23
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
Residencies:
2010/11 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2007 Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME
2006/07 Winter Resident, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
Visiting Artist:
2011, Berea College, Berea, KY - Lecture
2011, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY - Lecture and demonstration
2010, Art Center West, Roswell, GA - Lecture and demonstration
2010, Murray State University, Murray, KY - Lecture
2010, Corcoran High School, Syracuse, NY - Lecture and demonstration