Noah Riedel

I grew up in Tucson, AZ, and Chapel Hill, NC.  My mom is a wildlife biologist and my dad is an architect.  I love art and science equally, and planned to be a physicist until I took a course in 3D design in college that led me into the ceramics studio, where I got hooked, changed majors, and have stuck with it since.  I’m focussed on the intersection of new design and old craft.  My work reacts against the notion of design as the purview of industrial manufacture, and its corollary, that traditional craft belongs to traditional forms.  I think that design thinking, untethered from demands of mass production, can be more innovative, not less, and deserves to be expressed in pots with distinct identities and personalities.

Everything is midrange stoneware, cone 6, thrown and altered/carved/assembled.  Terra sigs and raw fluxes sprayed on.  No glazes.  I use two bodies and both are tested to be below 1% porosity, hard, durable, and water-tight.  Microwave and dishwasher safe.

2002 – BA Studio Art from UNC – Wilmington.  

-2005- Semester scholarship at Siler City Community College.  

– 2006-2008 – 2 year apprenticeship at Mark Hewitt’s in Pittsboro, NC. 


-2007 – Short term residency at the International Ceramics Research Center (ICRC) in Guldagergaard, Denmark. 

-2011-2013 – Long Term Residency Pottery Northwest, Seattle Washington

-2013-2014 – Career Residency, Belger Crane Yard Studios, KCMO

-2016-2018 – Long Term Residency, Archie Bray, Helena, MT

2014-16, 2018 to present – Studio 740.  

Work Experience

(obviously this is pretty pared down.  You can use any or none of it)

-2004-2005 – Studio Manager – Gardendance, Hillsborough, NC. 

-2009-2011 – Core Member – Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK) Gallery. 

-I taught a bunch of pottery classes, mostly in Seattle.  I was a good teacher, but I don’t identify as an educator – I’m only mentioning it in case you need something else to pad things out.

-2008-2018, 2021 – current – Studio Potter