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Classes taught by Sam:

    Credit Classes:

      Monday and Wednesday, 6 to 9:50 pm, at Shoreline Community College
Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline,WA
. 98133
      Tel.(206) 546- 4101


I will be opening my studio for my 2018 Summer Studio Sale on Aug 4 & Aug 5. Sat.10-4 and Sun.12-4.
My address is 18502 6th Ave NW. Shoreline, WA. 98177. ph.(206) 5421944
I will have about 600 pieces in a large variety of work I normally do. If you have any questions please contact me.



Directions: Coming from the south on I5 get off at 175th in Shoreline. Go left under the freeway (west) to Aurora (99). Turn right (north) and go to 185th and turn left (west). Go to the 4th stop light which is 3rd Ave NW. and turn left (south).Go one block to the traffic circle, which is 185th, and turn right (west). Go to 6th Ave NW, it will be the grey house on the NE corner of 185th and 6th Ave NW.


Directions: Coming from the North on I5 take the 205th st. exit in Shoreline and go right (west) to Aurora (99). Do not veer to the right to go to Edmonds before you get to Aurora. When you get to Aurora go straight through the light (west) for less then a mile, at the bottom of a steep hill Firdale Village will be on your right and 3rd Ave NW is on your left, Turn left onto 3rd (south) and go to185th, at the traffic circle turn right(west) onto 185th . Go to 6th Ave NW. it will be the grey house on the NE corner of 185th and 6th Ave NW.


Sam Scott: 2014 Activities, Shows and Awards

I had a show in Philadelphia, PA at “The Clay Studio Gallery” in the Bonovitz Space. It ran Oct.3 to Nov.2

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On October 18th I gave a one day workshop at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA. It was packed with demonstrations on throwing, glazing and brush making.

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In October, I had work in the invitational  exhibition” Cup: The Intimate Object X” at Charlie Cumming Gallery in Gainesville, FL. It ran from Oct 3-24.

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In September this Jar won the $300 First Place award in the Artisans work Category at the “Arts of the Terrace” show in Mountlake Terrace, WA.

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I was excited to be selected as a finalist for the "Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics". The exhibition was held at Seiler's Studio and Gallery in Zanesville, Ohio. The show ran from Sept. 27 to Oct.12. The best in show prize was $20,000, but unfortunately I did not win. It was a very impressive international exhibition and I was in very prestigious company.


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I had a Black and White Jar in the 22nd Annual “Strictly Functional Pottery National 2014” exhibition. It was presented by the Market House Craft Center at Kevin Lehman’s Pottery in Lancaster, PA. The Juror this year was Christa Assad. The show ran from Sept. 20th to Nov. 1st. The piece also won a purchase award and will go into the HACC Ceramic Club collection.

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In August a new ebook came out in which my work is included.
It is "American iPottery", written by
Kevin Hluch. It is a fabulous and cutting edge document of 256 contemporary  North American potters. It is specifically written for the iPad and has unique applications beyond a standard ebook. It has over 3000 interactive images along with 58 rotatable 3D images (one of them is mine). This app is a lot of fun and the book is full of artist statements, images and contact information. Very impressive!

I had this piece in the “20th San Angelo Ceramic Competition” at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX. The exhibition ran April 11th through June 29th.

They used my piece (or at least part of it) on the exhibition advertisement.

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Activities in 2013

In November through January 4th I am in a group show "13th Annual Mingei Pottery Show" at Glenn Richards in Seattle.

In October I was in an exhibition "Cup: The Intimate Object IX" at Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, FL.

In August and September I had work in "Best Served Hot- Ceramics For The Coffee Ritual" at Lillstreet Art Center Gallery in Chicago,IL.

I also had a piece in the exhibition " The 21st Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National" in Sept., at the Market House Craft Center in East Petersburg, PA.

I had work published in two books this year:

500 Prints on Clay, juried by Paul Andrew Wandless, Published by Lark Crafts- Sterling Publishers. The impression plate "Nation Building" is on page 25.

500Teapots Volume 2, juried by Jim Lawton, Published by Lark Crafts- Sterling Publishers. I have a Black and White Teapot on page 187 and a Brushwork Teapot on page 364.

In late 2012 I also had my work and commentary included in the book "The Best of 500 Ceramics" published by Lark Books. It is a selection of the best work presented in the last 10 years of their 500 series books on ceramics. It is an honor to be quoted and have a piece from the book "500 Pitchers" included.

Activities in 2012

In January 2012 I had an article published in the magazine, Pottery Making Illustrated. It is about the process of throwing, trimming and glazing of one of my Black and White Jars. Here is a pdf of the article.

PDF of the article in Pottery Making Illustrated

“This article originally appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. The PDF version is courtesy of the Ceramic Publications Company, a subsidiary of the American Ceramic Society.” )

In the July/Aug/Sept 2011 issue of Porcelain Artist magazine, I have an article about my work. Here is the pdf of the article.
PDF of article in Porcelain Artist magazine

Activities in 2011

In the November issue of Seattle Met Magazine they had a listing of  "77 Elements of a Practical and Stylish Seattle life ". On page 86 Sam Scott Mugs are listed as number 29. There is also a picture of 2 of my Black and White mugs. The link is 




I will also have six of my Impression Plates in the NCECA Invitational that will be held at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The show is in conjunction with the convention held in March 2012 in Seattle, but the show opens up at the Bellevue Arts Museum in January 2012. One of my plates is on their web site now in an announcement for the show the link is


Bellevue Arts Museum: Push Play 

Bellevue Arts Museum is a place that ignites the mind and fuels creativity. With its unique focus on art, craft and design, BAM connects people of all ages with extraordinary works by Northwest artists while bringing national and international exhibitions to our community






Activities in 2010

So far 2010 has been a good and busy year. I have been in several National shows, won awards and had work included in a new book on Ceramics.


In January I had two pieces included in an exhibition from the permanent collection at the "American Museum of Ceramic Art" in Pomona, CA. This was their first show of work from the museum's collection titled "Let's Table This" and I was fortunate to have my work selected.  Also in January I had a piece selected for a cash award at the show "Objects of Virtue" at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. It was also used on their website home page.



In March I had 4 of my plates(Flirting with Disaster, Global Dimming, Liberty Oil, and Oil Measure) chosen to be included in the "NCECA Invitational 2010" in Philadelphia. It was held concurrent with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts symposium and is one of the most important shows in academic ceramics in America. The theme was "Earth Matters" and my plates all dealt with environmental issues.




In connection with the NCECA symposium in Philadelphia, I had work (wine decanter and goblets) in the Potters Council show "Fill-adelphia" at the Show of Hands Gallery.



In the Summer of 2010 a new book "Ceramics Today" came out. It is by Jeffrey B Snyder and published by Schiffer Publishing. It features the work of 120  contemporary Ceramic Artists from around the world. Artist statements are given and several pieces of their work is shown. My work is featured on pages 200 and 201.



I will have work in the upcoming " 18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2010" in East Petersburg, PA. It runs from Oct. 1 to Nov.14. It is the premier showcase for functional ceramics in the United States. The piece selected is a brushwork teapot.


Update: This piece just won a purchase award, and will be featured at the L&L Kiln Manufacturing Corporate Collection.




I have also been busy as a member of the on-site committee planning the NCECA 2012 symposium in Seattle. On the Edge is the theme and it should be a great gathering of ceramic artists, collectors and vendors. It seems like a lot of time, but it comes fast.


Oh, I have also been relocating our kitchen!


I will be speaking and have work at the Bellevue Arts Museum in October. It will be at a symposium for Robert Sperry.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen teams up with BAM for a Robert Sperry Symposium

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
425-5190770 (RSVP)
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009
10am to 5pm

In conjunction with the Robert Sperry exhibit (Robert Sperry: Bright Abyss, October 10, 2009 - January 31, 2010) at the Bellevue Arts Museum,

a Robert Sperry symposium will be held at the museum on October 10th, 2009.

Sperry was a founding member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen and a professor at the University of Washington.
The symposium will include talks by artists who knew Sperry, a screening of the "Living Treasures" film about him,

and a book signing by Matthew Kangas (author of the companion book to the retrospective show).

Music, refreshments, viewing the show.           10:00-11:00am
Patrick McMahon                                             11:00-11:10am, Introduction
Jamie Walker                                                    11:40-12:10, Sperry as Artist
Stefano Catalani                                                12:10-12:20, Bright Abyss Exhibition
Lunch                                                                12:20-1:00

Former students include:

Sam Scott                                                          1pm-1:20, Sperry as Teacher
Greg Federighi & Ernest Hilsenberg                 1:20-1:45, Sperry as Inspiration.
Regnor Reinholdsten                                        1:45-2:05, Sperry as Mentor. 
Anne Hirondelle                                                2:05-2:25, Sperry as Guidepost

Michael Monroe will moderate a panel
discussion “The legacies of Robert Sperry”
with Patti Warashina, Jamie Walker,
Matthew Kangas .                                              2:30-4:00

Gallery viewing                                                  4:00-5pm

The Cost will be $5 for BAM members and $10 for non-members

Bob Sperry 1970s

Bob Sperry 1960s



Activities in the first part of 2009


I won an Honorable mention ($400.00) for a piece (Black and White Vase Thrown and Altered) at "Ink and Clay 35". It is an annual competition held at the Kellogg University Art Gallery of California State Polytechnic University, in Pomona CA, March 19-May 2, 2009. The University also acquired the piece for their Dee Roy and Mary M Jones Permanent Art collection.  



In June I won The Special Jury Award for a tile at the "4th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics-2009". It is held at the International Museum of Contemporary Ceramics in San Nicholas, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will stay in their permanent collection.



 I have been pretty busy this summer and fall (2008). Below is listed the

shows, awards, books and collections that I have been included in.


Juried Shows:


           Featured Artist at the Museum of Northwest Art, Gallery Shop. La Conner, WA,

            Oct. 2008.


        “Platters and Pourers”, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 27- Nov. 6 2008

            Black and White Wine Decanter, Black and White pitcher, Brushwork Teapot.


       Lillstreet International 2008”, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, Sept.1- Oct.1 2008

               Black and White Vase with Handles.


         “ Contemporary Clay Biennial 2008”, Western Colorado Center for the Arts,

               May 2- June 28 2008, Grand Junction, CO. 

               Black and White Vase with Handles and Brushwork Teapot.




         Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace, WA Sept. 2008, Second Place 3D ($150.00)

                and Purchase Award ($300.00)

                Mandelbrot Plate- “The Ripple”


        The Ripple



         Shoreline Arts Festival, Shoreline, WA. June 2008, First Place Crafts ($150.00)

                Mandelbrot Plate- “Global Warning”


        #3 Global Warning




Permanent Collections: 


          “Northwest Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Art”, Harborview Medical Center,

             Norm Maleng Building, Seattle, WA. , 2008

             Black and White Jar with Handles.


        Black & White jar with Handles




             American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona CA. July 2008

             Mandelbrot Plate “A Simple Idea” and Black and White Vase / Handbuilt Neck.


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        Black & White Vase with Handbuilt Neck




             City of Mountlake Terrace Permanent Collection, Mountlake Terrace, WA.

             Oct. 2008, Mandelbrot Plate “The Ripple”.

The Ripple




          “500 Plates and Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function and Style”

              Lark Books, 2008. Black and White Oval Platter, Page 304.


             “Robert Sperry: Bright Abyss”, American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2008

              Pages 42 and 126.


In September I won the First Place Award ($2500.00) at the "2007 Vasefinder Nationals". It is an on line competition, this year the juror was Elaine Coleman. The whole show can be viewed at www.vasefinder.com then go to 2007 Nationals.


I also have a piece "Nation Building" that won First Place ($1250.00), in the exhibition, "Clay on the Wall - 2007 Clay National" at the Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University School of  Art in Lubbock, Texas. The juror for the show was Matthew Kangas and he selected 45 artworks to be included, from over 500 submissions to be in the show. The show runs from Dec.1, 2007 to February 17, 2008. The show is held in conjunction with the "Clay on the Wall, Symposium", which will have lectures and demonstrations by various ceramic artists including Patti Warashina and Matthew Kangas.

I will be in a group show at the Northwest Craft Center, at the Seattle Center, with Loren Lukens, Paddy McNeely and Paul Lewing. It runs August 4-29, 2007. The preview is Friday, August 3, 6-8pm.


I will also be having a retrospective show at theShoreline Community College Art Gallery, September 21 to October 29. Sam Scott: 36 Years with Clay. It will include work from 1971 to the present. The gallery is in building 1000 on campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave N., Shoreline WA 98133. It is open M-F, 9-5pm. The preview will be Wednesday, Sept 26th 4-6pm.


I had a piece included in the " 2007 NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition"at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, KY. March 14 to June 23,2007. The vase won the "Shimpo, Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award". It will go into their corporate art collection.


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