Born on the prairies (1979), but raised primarily on the West Coast in Victoria, B.C. Kunz was always interested in drawing and design, with a particular awareness of profile and line quality.
He returned to Alberta to attend the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary in 2000, with the intention of getting a design degree from the Visual Communication department. In his first year at ACAD he took a ceramic elective with an inspiring instructor named Gary Williams, who assured him that he could in fact make a living as a ceramic artist. It wasn’t until his second year at ACAD that he started taking a serious interest in functional work, and specifically high temperature atmospheric firing. Inspired by visiting potters and a wheel throwing class, he began throwing pots daily.
Slowly refining ideas and experimenting with off-round and altered forms, he began to develop a relationship with his material and the glazing and firing process. He enjoyed the challenge of balancing functional and aesthetic components and the rhythm of working in the studio.
While finishing his BFA in 2005 Sean began looking for a residency opportunity where he could continue to make pots and gain some experience in the clay community. Harbourfront Center in Toronto proved to be a good choice, and working in Toronto afforded him numerous exhibition, gallery and teaching opportunities. In 2007, he once again returned to Alberta and currently works and teaches at the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre in Calgary.
2005 – Harbourfront Center, two year craft studio residency in ceramics. Toronto, Canada.
2004 – Medalta International Artist Residency. Medicine Hat, Canada.
2003 – The Banff Center- independent residency, wood kiln firings. Banff, Canada.
Select Group Exhibitions:
2011 and 2010 - The Makings, Willock & Sax Gallery, Banff
2007 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto; On The Table, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto; Art Gallery of Winnipeg, Winnipeg; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Proportion and Bliss, York Quay Centre, Toronto.
2006 - Downtown Urban Design Event, College St. Toronto; Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square; Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat; Material World- Harbourfront Residents Show, York Quay Gallery. Toronto.
2005 - Graduating Students Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary; Convergence, Senior ACAD Ceramic Student Show, Art Central, Calgary.
2004 - Clay Dynamics, Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat; Transformations, ACAD Craft Department, Artspace Gallery, Calgary.
2006 – Toronto Outdoor Show, Honorable Mention, Ceramics.
2005 – Harbourfront Residency 1st. year Craft Studio Scholarship.
2003 - Shimpo Student Scholarship; Peggy Heer Memorial Summer Institute Ceramics Award; Jason Lang Scholarship.
2007 - Cahiers Metiers d’Arts. Issue #2,
2008. Relational Ceramics article by Amy Gogarty; Fusion, Ontario Clay and Glass.
Fall 2007, On The Table Panel Discussion article by Shirley Clifford.
2006 – BC Potters Guild Newsletter, Volume 42 #7 Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, exhibition review article by Amy Gogarty.
2005 – Galleries West, Exhibition Reviews; Contemporary Canadian Ceramics article by Amy Gogarty
2004 – Current Projects Contemporary Fine Art Review, Issue 5 review of Carmen Schroeder’s Ceramic work, Alberta College of Art and Design editor, Brian MacNevin.