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Scott Kelley

 3D – Sculpture, glass, other 3-dimensional media

 “Teaching at CATC has been an extraordinary opportunity for me.  To have the chance to connect with young adults in this environment, to share our experiences, I can’t imagine that it gets much better for an educator.”


Scott Kelley has worked with clay for more than 20 years, including studying traditional folk pottery in Japan with a highly regarded master potter whose kiln dates back several hundred years.

Back in the U.S., he helped manage a nationally recognized pottery specializing in Early American reproduction red ware, then started his own retail pottery studio in Cincinnati. Scott’s current focus is on useful objects for the home.  His handmade bathroom sinks are found all around the Midwest in fine homes and upscale commercial properties.  His Japanese-inspired tea bowls are collected by enthusiasts in both the United States and United Kingdom and are available through the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago.

Scott also teaches classes at Funke Fired Arts, one of the largest ceramic studios in the country, and his extensive volunteer work has earned him recognition as an outstanding community servant.

Awards, degrees, positions, and additional achievements

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1991
  • Pottery Apprenticeship, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Production potter/manager, Workshops of David T. Smith, Morrow, Ohio
  • Founder, Kelleystudios, Cincinnati
  • Recipient, Dotty Reif Award for outstanding community service
  • Featured in Cincinnati Magazine as co-founder of Head’s Up Pumpkin Chuck