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Seth Rainville

Biography to Display: 

1973Born Whitinsville, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

1996University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

2006-2007 Summer Resident, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1999—Potter, Educator and Curator, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Board Member, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

 

Seth Rainville is known for functional forms that may in fact be nonfounctional, The pieces are decorated with fine line drawing, brushwork washes, color and text.

Rainville is a story teller. He presents elaborate narratives on traditional forms. He calls his approach to painting on wood fired porcelain, "Inkware." The "ink" is a slip Rainville created to avoid commercially manufactured inks. Rainville applies this slip with a brush and carves away details with an X-Acto knife into very low-fired bisque ware. Many of his works are double walled with a cut-out window, or proscenium, creating a shadow box, or theatre, within the pot. There is an interaction of images and text, between the inner view and the vessel’s outer wall.  Rainville sometimes animates the inner pot allowing it to spin and reveal several scene changes. In addition to his elaborately decorated “Inkware,” “Rainville-ware” is the artist’s functional line of ceramics.

Rainville's teacher and mentor, Chris Gustin, advised him during his time at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Rainville helped develop the Phoenix Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Arizona and serves on the board of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.

 

Website(s):

http://www.sethrainvilleceramics.com/

 

Typical Marks

"SJR" chop-like mark with numbers to indicate year.

Serve It Bowl!
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Underglaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Dream Pod
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Underglaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: Loren Maron
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: Loren Maron
Cup
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Underglaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Bonded Pair Teapot
Date: 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Creature Comforts Teapot
Date: 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stamped
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Tonic Yum Sake Set
Date: 2015
Form: Sake Set
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Gently Yunomi
Date: 2015
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Ancora Yunomi
Date: 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 17, 2019. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/rainville