Podcast Episode 166: Seth Rainville

Welcome, Seth Rainville, who was once an aspiring painter and printmaker turned ceramicist. Seth John Rainville came from a family of creatives. His self-described journey began as a painter and printmaker but, he ended up with a degree in Ceramics from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) in 1996. Shortly after, he made his way to Phoenix Arizona where his career took off. Then, he became the head of Ceramics for the Phoenix Center for the Arts.  He was nominated to the Artist Advisory Board for the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University, where he taught countless workshops and exhibited around the country.

Seth also ran a gallery, and many art events, and founded Tree House Studios. These were just a few of his accomplishments while in Arizona. He moved back to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2008 and taught at UMD for a year. He also opened Navio a fine craft gallery in the city, became the Curator for the New Bedford Art Museum, exhibited with noted gallerist Leslie Ferrin, and became a trustee for Watershed Center for the Ceramic ArtsSeth Rainville was also the head of Ceramics for the Falmouth Art Center.  He has been an Artist in Residence at Harvard University. There’s so much more, but as he likes to say, “My best creation has been my two daughters and I’m living my best life!”

The Artists Index co-founder and host, Ron Fortier, talks to Seth Rainville  about his background, passion, and journey. The Artists Index continues using Zoom to accommodate our guests’ schedules and to allow them to remain in the comfort of their homes, especially for those who no longer live in the South Coast of Massachusetts. Our home base and studio is at Spectrum Marketing Group in Howland Place in New Bedford

The whole concept of The Artists Index and our journey is still in the making and very organic. If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!

Seth Rainville
350 West Clinton St
New Bedford, MA 02740


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