Sean O’Connell is a studio potter and educator living in Red Lodge, MT. Currently, he is the Education and Communications Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center


Sean has been involved in the arts & crafts since an early experience apprenticing with silversmiths as a teenager in his hometown of Fayetteville, AR. He attended college at the Kansas City Art Institute, and upon completing his BFA in Sculpture, he became increasingly dedicated to making functional pottery. Sean pursued his MFA in Ceramics at the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State in 2009. Sean was the 2009 Salad Day’s Artist-in-Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME and between 2011-2013 completed a two year Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. In 2013 he was named one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists and in 2016 as one of 6 Emerging Artists at the annual NCECA conference in Kansas City. He has taught at numerous universities and colleges. Most recently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, AB, Canada. Sean exhibits his work nationally and regularly gives workshops and lectures throughout North America.