Education

2014                          Arizona State University, MFA, Ceramics

2000                         University of North Carolina at Greensboro, BFA, Design; second major,                                                           Cultural Anthropology  

1997-1998                 University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Professional Experience

2017             Assistant Professor of Art, University of Dallas, Irving TX

2015-2017    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2016             Lecturer, Ceramics Production Methods, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                     Lecturer, 3D Modeling and Printing, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 2015            Lecturer, Ceramics Production Methods, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                     Lecturer, Ceramics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

 2014            Lecturer, Ceramics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

                     Instructor of Record, Color Theory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                     Color Theory Coordinator for Graduate Instructors of Record                                                                              Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2013             Color Theory Coordinator for Graduate Instructors of Record, Arizona State University,                                    Tempe, AZ

                     Instructor of Record, Color Theory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                     Instructor of Record, Three-Dimensional Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2012            Instructor of Record, Ceramic Survey, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

2005-2011    Studio Potter, Sole Proprietor of Kelly O’Briant Pottery, Julian, North Carolina

2006-2011    Founding Member and Organizer, Artist’s Touch Studio Tour and Sale,                                                              Greensboro, NC 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017           What Remains, double exhibition with Rachel Meginnes, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

                   All the Good Things, Windows Gallery, Jingdezhen, China

                   Atmosphere: Material and Echoes, McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory and Henry                                         College, Emory, VA

                   Objects that Were, Echoes that Are, Shemer Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2016           Dark Matter…and all the space between, Denison Art Space, Newark, OH 

                   Dark Matter…and all the space between, Meseros Gallery, West Virginia University,                                          Morgantown, WV

2015           Life, Still, Myers Gallery, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

                   one day, late in the afternoon…, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2014           one day, late in the afternoon… Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University,                                                  Tempe, AZ

2009           Kelly O’Briant and L.T. Hoisington, double exhibition, Claymakers, Durham, NC

2008           Pots and Prints, double exhibition with Matthew Thomason, Pullen Arts Center,                                                 Raleigh, NC 

2007           Garden to Table, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC

2006           The Decorated Dinner, NC Crafts Gallery, Carrboro, NC

Selected Exhibitions

2017             Small Favors: Think Inside the Box, NCECA Future Flux, Portland, OR           

2016            Best of West Virginia, David L. Dickerson Fine Arts Gallery, Tamarack Center,                                                   Beckley, WV

                    Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

                    65th Anniversary of the Archie Bray Foundation, Belgar Crane Yard Gallery, Red Star                                     Studios, Kansas City, KS

2015            Winter Show, Green Hill Center for Creative Art, Greensboro, NC

                     The Archie Bray Foundation in Spokane, Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

                     Scratching the Surface, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

                     Resident Artist Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

                     Shelter, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                     Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

                     Faculty Exhibition, Myers Gallery, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 

2015             NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, NCECA Conference, Providence, RI

2014             Reclaimed: Installation, Performance and Site-Specific Works, One Wall Gallery,                                            online platform: onewallgallery.com, Catalogue, Art Axis

                     Drink This! The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show, Workhouse Arts                                                Center, Lorton, VA

2013              Steinfest, Claymakers Gallery, Durham, NC

                      Show Us Your Mugs - Medalta International Cup Show, Yuill Family Gallery,                                                       Alberta, Canada 

                       Art of the Cup, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center for Craft and Design, New                                            Orleans, LA 

                       Drawing Expanded, Gallery 11-14, Phoenix, AZ

                       New Art in Arizona, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

                       Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National II, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT    

                       99 Bottles, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

                       Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ

                       In the Mix, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

                       In the Mix II, Amaco/Brent Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

 2012              Source-Material: An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup, Crimson Laurel                                                Gallery, Bakersville, NC

    Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center for Craft and           Design, New Orleans, LA

    By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors, Green Hill Center for NC                                           Art, Greensboro, NC 

    A Process of Becoming, GPSA Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                       Generosity of Spirit: The Gifts of Penland Artists, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA

 2011               New Graduate Student Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ

    National Teapot Show VIII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC

2010                Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center                                                     for Craft and Design, New Orleans, LA 

                        Table Manners, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

                        Outside the Box, The Collector’s Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2009               Delhom Service League Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

                        Winter Show, Green Hill Center for Creative Art, Greensboro, NC

     Winterfest, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD

                         Artistry 2008, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

                         National Teapot Invitational VII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC

                         Cups! Cone 10 Studios, Charleston, SC

                         Back to Nature: An Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Pottery and Art,                                                     Hambidge Center, Raben Gap, GA

2007                 Ladies in White, Goodall Gallery, Louisville, KY

                          Cup of Tea, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

                          Emerging Clay of the South, Blue Spiral 1, Ashville, NC

 2006                Connections, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

 2005               Winter Show, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

                         Winterfest, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD

                         Refraction and Flux: 8 Rising Young Potters, JC Self Research Institute,                                                            Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood, SC 

                          The Art of the Mug, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

2003                 Forms and Shapes: Cup, AKAR Architecture and Design Gallery, Iowa City, IA

                          Via Penland, Rebus Works, Raleigh, NC

2002                 CORE Show, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2001                  Viewpoint: Ceramics 2001, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont Collage, El Cajon, CA

                          National Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent, OH

                          CORE Show, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC            

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

2017           Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

                   Artist Lecture, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

                   Artist Lecture, Clay Fab Lab, Future Flux NCECA Conference, Portland, OR

                   Artist Lecture, Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University Art Museum,                                                 Tempe, AZ

                   Workshop, Artist Lecture, Undergraduate Critiques, Phoenix Community College,                                              Phoenix, AZ 

2016            Artist Lecture, Undergraduate Critiques, Denison University, Granville, OH

 Panelist, Knocking on All the Doors: The Craft Campaign, Denison Art Space,                Newark, OH  

Panelist, “Digital Prototyping: Translating Craftsmanship and Aesthetics in Ceramics,” No Hands? Digital Fabrication and Craftsmanship, South Eastern College ArtConference, Roanoke, VA

 Artist Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 Laser Cutting Faculty Workshop, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 2015           NCECA Emerging Artist Lecture, “One day, late in the afternoon…” NCECA                                                       conference, Providence, RI

                    Panelist, “Maintaining an Authentic Voice,” NCECA Conference, Providence, RI

 Workshop and Artist Lecture, Muddy Waters Clay Center, Grand Forks, ND 

                    Artist Lecture, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

2014            Artist Lecture, “one day, late in the afternoon…” Ceramics Research Center, ASU Art                                         Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Artist Lecture, “Professional Practices,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

 2013           Artist Lecture, Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship Research, Arizona State University,                                   Tempe, AZ

 Artist Lecture, Arizona Artist Guild, Phoenix, AZ

 Coordinator and Presenter, Alternative Studio Experiences Forum, Tempe                      Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 Artist Lecture, “Making a Living as an Artist,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ         

 2012            Teaching Assistant, Holly Walker, Haystack School of Crafts, Bangor, ME  

 2011            Artist Lecture, “Art Basel,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 2009           Visiting Artist, Clay Guild, Chapel Hill, NC

 2008           Workshop Instructor, “Surface and Form,” Art Alliance, Greensboro, NC

 2005           Visiting Artist, for John Britt’s class “Glaze,” Energy Xchange, Burnsville, NC

 2004           Teaching Assistant, Stanley Anderson, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 Grants, Fellowships, Awards

 2017           Faculty Travel Grant, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV           

2015-Present Postgraduate Fellow, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2015             Meyer Scholar, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

 Emerging Artist Award, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic  Arts),49th  Annual Conference, Providence, RI

 2014            Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona                                      State University, Tempe, AZ

 2013            Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU,                                          Tempe, AZ

 ASU Jump Start Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student  Association, Arizona State  University, Tempe, AZ

 GPSA Graduate Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association,  Arizona State  University, Tempe, AZ

 GPSA Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU,  Tempe, AZ

 Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship in Ceramics, first place, Arizona State  University,  Tempe, AZ

 School of Art Special Talent Scholarship, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 Nathan Cummings Summer Travel Fellowship, first place, Arizona State  University, Tempe, AZ (funding research for travel in Hungary, France, Belgium,  Denmark,  Sweden and Finland)

 Diane Maxey Scholarship Award, Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ

 GPSA Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State  University, Tempe, AZ 

2012             Lincoln-Herberger Professional Opportunity Travel Grant, Lincoln Family Foundation                                      and Katherine K. Herberger Endowment Initiative, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

 GPSA Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State  University, Tempe, AZ 

 Work-Study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 

 Student Enrichment Grant, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona  State University, Tempe, AZ

 School of Art Special Talent Scholarship, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 2011            Lincoln-Herberger Professional Opportunity Travel Grant, Lincoln Family Foundation                                     and Katherine K. Herberger Endowment Initiative, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 School of Art Special Talent Scholarship, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 2010           Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub 2010 Grant, United Arts Council of                                                       Greater Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

 Work-Study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 2005           Mason Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 2004           Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, third place in ceramics, Murrel’s Inlet, SC

Residencies/Internships

 2017              Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

 2015- present      West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 2015                Archie Bray Foundation, summer resident, Helena, MT

 2014–15          University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 

2013                 International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2012                 ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Intern, Arizona State                                                                    University, Tempe, AZ

2003–2005      Energy Xchange Studio, Burnsville, NC

2001–2003       Penland School of Crafts, CORE Fellowship Student, Penland, NC

2000                 Cedar Mountain Pottery, Intern with Judith Duff, Cedar Mountain, NC 

Related Professional experience

2017              Juror, Empty Bowls 2017 Ceramic Show and Sale, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern                               State University, Wichita Falls, TX

                      Study Abroad Expedition Leader, West Virginia University, Jingdezhen, China

                     Co-Coordinator, Clay Fab Lab, Future Flux, NCECA Conference, Portland, OR.

2016              Juror, 16th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour, Arizona State University Art Museum,                                                   Tempe, AZ.

2014              Interim Assistant Director, Programs Coordinator, Shemer Art Center, Arcadia, AZ.

2013              Annual Ceramic Surface Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2011–2014    Ceramics Graduate Representative, Graduate Student Support Team, Herberger                                             Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

  Board Member, Artists Advisory Committee, Arizona State University Art Museum                         Ceramics Research Center Ceramic Studio Tour, Phoenix, AZ 

  Peer Reviewer, Graduate Research Support Program, Jumpstart and Travel, Arizona State         University, Tempe, AZ  

2009            Juror, Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Grant, Greensboro, NC

Related Continuing Education 

2015            “Fusion 360,” AutoDesk Workshop, Launch Lab, Morgantown, WV

                    Full Color Decal Printer Training, Enduring Images, WVU Production, Morgantown, WV

                     “Glaze Calculation,” online course taught by Matthew Katz, Alfred University

                    “3D Technologies Workshop,” Tethon 3D, Omaha, NE

2010             “Ceramic Form with Plaster Molds,” Penland School of Crafts - concentration, Tom                                           Spleth, Penland, NC

Publications as Author

“Digital Prototyping,” Makers, Mentors and Milestones, NCECA Journal,  Rachel Kristy, ed. (Hanover, PA: Sheridan Press, 2017) vol. 38: TBA, upcoming.

“One day, late in the afternoon…” Lively Experiments, NCECA Journal, Rachel Kristy, ed. (Hanover, PA: Sheridan Press, 2015) vol. 36: 28-29.

 Bibliography

Houston Chronicle, “…Sculptor’s show reveals personal side,” March 29, 2015.

Crafts Report,  “Ceramic Artist Explores Value of Everyday Objects,” February 2015, p. 8.

Sue Wasserman, “99 Bottles,” Niche Magazine, photo John Warner, Winter 2014, p. 61.

Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure,” April 2013, p. 16.

500 Teapots, Volume 2, ed. Jim Lawton, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2013, p. 270.

500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, ed. Ray Hemachandra and Julie Hale, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2010, p. 149.

Emily Reason, Wheel Throwing: Ceramics for Beginners, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2009, pp. 78, 100.

500 Plates and Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function and Style, ed. Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2008, p. 239. 

Clay Times, “Three Guys* and Some Pottery,” September/October 2007, pp. 8, 38.

Ronan Peterson, Clay Times,  “Refraction and Flux: 8 Rising Young Potters,” July/August 2005, p. 23.

500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace, ed. Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, Lark Books, New York, NY, 2004, pp. 29, 368.

The Glaze Book, John Britt, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2004, p. 60, 69.

Online Periodicals

CFile.Daily, “NCECA: The Ceramic Clan Gathers in Providence,” April 2015, image.

Professional Juried Memberships

ArtAxis, www.ArtAxis.org

ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center Ceramics Studio Tour, Tempe, AZ, 2012–2014

Piedmont Craftsmen’s Guild, Winston-Salem, NC, juried and exhibiting member, 2007–2011

 Carolina Designer Craftsmen’s Guild, Raleigh, NC, juried and exhibiting member 2007–2011

 Paradise City, juried, Northampton, MA, 2007

 Artist’s Touch Studio Tour, Guilford County, NC, founding and exhibiting member 2005–2011

 American Craft Council, member and juried exhibitor in Charlotte, Baltimore, and Atlanta 2004–2011

 Providence Craft Show, Providence, RI, juried and exhibiting member, 2005

 Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC, juried member, 2004

 Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC, juried member, 2003–2011

Collections

Archie Bray Foundation Permanent Collection