Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts Seth J. Guzovsky started working with
clay in high school. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Syracuse University
in 2010. During his undergraduate experience he broadened his education by
spending a summer in Appomattox, VA at John Jessiman’s Cub Creek ceramic
residency. Seth also had the privilege of studying abroad for a semester in
Jingdezhen, P.R. China through West Virginia University.
Immediately following graduation Seth spent three years in Pittsboro, North Carolina studying under Mark Hewitt. Seth worked along side Mark in the production of wood-salt fired utilitarian pottery. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, Seth spent the first half of 2013 working as a studio assistant to Silvie Granatelli in Floyd, Virginia. Floyd has given Seth the opportunity to put down roots among a community of artists. In 2013 Seth purchased a property in Floyd county where he continues to turn his vessels and enjoy the gorgeous landscape along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Seth works with a North Carolina stoneware clay body and fires a gas kiln to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere.
Artist Statement 2015
Throwing uniform vessels with voluptuous curves and clean lines comforts me. Fun for me is filling tables and shelves with consistent curves and functional forms. Altering these vessels immediately after the wheel stops, allows me to stretch the bellies and reshape the lips of my pots.
Like industry, I value a white glaze as a backdrop where food can reside, stew and be consumed off of. Wet, juicy, slick ash glazes tease the underbelly of the pot. I attribute my use of this type of glaze as a reflection from my time spent as an apprentice with Mark Hewitt. Under the ash glaze, I add surface embellishments of slip trailing, incising lines and tool stamping. The base of each pot is a satin black designed to help stabilize the volatile ash.
I believe the experience of an object should be considered a function of the object: what is unknown about the piece may only be perceived through its use.
1/2011 – Present, Poor Farm Pottery
Sole Proprietor, Long Beach, CA
1/2009-12/2010, Websites R Us
Graphic Artist, Los Angeles, CA