Bryan McGrath

Professor Ceramics and Pottery

What is your name? 
Bryan McGrath

What courses do you teach?
Ceramics- Throwing; Ceramic Sculpture and Design; Continuing Education Ceramics

What is your educational background?
B.A., Sculpture, SUNY, Cortland; Penland School of Crafts; M.F.A., Ceramics, Syracuse University

Describe some career highlights?
Graduate Fellow, Syracuse University; Sabbatical study in Japan; Workshops conducted in Ireland; Published article on potter Vincent R. Clemente in Ceramics Monthly Magazine.

List your collections.
Public- Syracuse University, Oklahoma University, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute; Numerous private collections in the U.S. Ireland, Japan and Australia.

List any ‘selected exhibitions’ you’d like mentioned.

  • Albany Institute of History and Art, “Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition,”Albany, N.Y., 2011
  • Schweinfurth Museum, “Made in NY, 2011,” Auburn, N.Y.,2011
  • Icheon World Ceramic Center, “Affinity,” Icheon, Korea, 2009
  • Edgewood Gallery, “A Lot On Your Plate…” Syracuse, N.Y.,2008 • Chameleon Gallery, “Bowled Over- 14 National Craftsmen,” Cazenovia, N.Y.,2007 • Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “Made in New York, 2002,” Auburn, N.Y.,2002 • Schenectady Museum, “Northeast Fine Crafts Exhibit,” Schenectady, N.Y., 2002
  • Esmay Fine Art Gallery, “Porcelain 2001,” Rochester, N.Y., 2001 • Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 1996

Do you have a professional website or online portfolio you’d like us to link to? If so, what is the URL?;; Flickr

In two sentences or less, describe your teaching philosophy.
To impart the importance of craftsmanship, process and thoughtful development of ideas.

In two sentences or less, write a condensed version of your artist’s statement.
To respect the tradition of pottery making while exploring the sculptural aspects of pottery forms.

Why do you think art is important?
Cultures, as defined through and by the arts, are the only non-militaristic footprint of humankind. The arts reveal the richness and depth of life giving reason to our time here.

What inspires you as an artist?
The nature of things