Youth Art Clay
Steve Kelly has worked as an educator and arts advocate for more than 20 years. As an artist and educator Steve has a deep appreciation for the profound effect Art has to create positive change in society. He has taught for schools, museums and arts organizations. His teaching has taken him into under-served communities where he worked as an artist-in-residence and an advocate for arts education. Steve has a broad skill-set having taught ceramics, painting, drawing and video production.
Steve studied ceramics and painting at the University of Montana and apprenticed with Virginia potter Trew Bennett. He is the owner of Kelly Pottery, where he brings his love of Japanese ceramics to his work. Steve’s work is strongly rooted in the Mingei folk tradition and he draws inspiration from potters such as Shoji Hamada and Warren Mackenzie. Like these potters, he is committed to making pots that most everyone can afford, and which nurture us both physically and aesthetically.