PORT ANGELES, Washington (September 5, 2019) – Missoula ceramic artist Scott McClellan will serve as a professional presence in Peninsula College’s studio as the Ceramic Artist in Residence at PC for the 2019-2020 academic year. In this capacity he will create artwork as well as assist Professor Steve Belz in the management and instructional needs of the ceramics studio. He will be teaching a two credit evening ceramics class each quarter, and will be featured in a solo exhibition entitled “Rest and Silence” in the PUB Gallery of Art November 5 through December 5.
“I am inherently drawn to flaws because they are relatable,” McClellan said. “The wise can recognize their flaw and still accept themselves as works-in-progress. This is why my objects have irregular contours and are slightly misshapen. These objects become timeless in what they communicate,” McClellan said.
Born in Brigham City, Utah, McClellan first found ceramics at Box Elder High learning from Lee Burningham. He continued ceramics in college at Utah State University where he studied under John Neely and Dan Murphy, where he found a connection to wood firing. After graduating with a BFA in ceramics, he moved to Edinboro, PA to work as a ceramics studio technician at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Lee Rexrode and Chuck Johnson. While there, he developed multiple clay bodies for soda and wood firing.
McClellan then moved on to work as a resident artist at Taos Clay in Taos, New Mexico. There he continued his research of firing wood kilns in differing atmospheres. He also took on the responsibilities of a studio technician, gallery attendant, ceramics instructor, and show curator.
After his residency, he moved to Columbia, Missouri to study under Bede Clarke and Joe Pintz in pursuit of his Masters of Fine Art. At Mizzou, he experimented with a variety of technical processes, primarily focusing on wheel thrown pottery and hand built sculpture. He fired his work in a variety of different wood kilns researching multiple firing patterns.
After receiving his Masters in Fine Arts, McClellan worked as the wood fire resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula for two years. There he developed wild clays to be used in reduction cooling, glazes, and as additions to Wollastonite clay bodies. He rebuilt the CSOM anagama and increased the efficiency to get hotter using less wood and time.
Both the exhibition and Studium events are free and open to the public. Information on his fall course can be found at http://classes.pencol.edu/Fall2019/ART.
For more information contact Steve Belz at firstname.lastname@example.org.