Sean Larson came to Grand Valley last August to work as a ceramics technician and instructor. He makes sure the ceramics department is running smoothly, and also teaches a wheel throwing class.
Larson said he was especially drawn to Grand Valley because of the good opportunity to be not only an instructor, but also a working artist in the studio space provided.
“It shows the students what it’s like to be a working artist,” Larson said. “You can paint in your living room, but ceramics needs kilns along with other equipment and space.”
Larson earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin Stout in 2010; and a master’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2013.
Larson is constantly making art, and said lately he has become interested in incorporating nontraditional tools for ceramics.
“We have a 3-D printer, laser cutter, and CNC machine,” he said. “These tools are new in the field of art, even though they’ve been around for decades in industry.”
Larson said he was fortunate to be hired at Grand Valley and work with professors like Hoon Lee, the head of ceramics.
“He’s great to work with and great with students,” he said. “It makes for a good work environment.”
In his free time, Larson enjoys cooking.