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In this video, Sean O'Connell demonstrates how he uses underglazes and wax resist to create beautiful patterned surfaces that are activated by the glaze that he uses. Along the way, he has great tips for working efficiently with these materials. Have a look, and if you are interested in learning more about Sean's decorating processes, check out Unifying Form & Surface with Sean O'Connell, also on CLAYflicks!

Total runtime: 12:43

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Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a studio potter and educator living in Red Lodge, Montana. Currently, he is the education and communications coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center. After earning a BFA in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, he became increasingly dedicated to making functional pottery and pursued his MFA in ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State in 2009. He has participated in a number of artist residencies including a two-year fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. 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. To learn more about Sean O’Connell and see more images of his work, please visit
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