Seth Guzovsky

About the Artist

Seth Guzovsky was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He started working with clay in high school and, in 2010, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. During his undergraduate experience he broadened his education by spending a summer in Appomatox, VA at John Jessiman’s Cub Creek ceramic residency and studied abroad for a semester in Jingdezhen, P. R. China, through West Virginia University

Following graduation Seth spent three years in Pittsboro, North Carolina studying under Mark Hewitt, working in the production of Mark’s wood-salt fired utilitarian pottery. After his apprenticeship, Seth worked as a studio assistant to Silvie Granatelli in Floyd, Virginia – a community where Seth decided to put down roots. In 2013 he purchased a property in Floyd county, where he lives and works (as Poor Farm Pottery) among the gorgeous landscape along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Seth makes functional pottery inspired by traditional southern folk pottery, Chinese porcelain and design in contemporary industry. Using North Carolina blended stoneware, he throws pots to be enjoyed for their natural transition in and around the kitchen and home-place. The wheel thrown, gas fired pots are decorated with surface embellishments of slip trailing, incising lines and tool stamping under an ash glaze. Seth believes 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.