BILL GRIFFITH is a ceramic artist, educator and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee where he has coordinated educational programs and conferences-most notably the Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object National Symposia, held every 4 years at Arrowmont since 1992. He currently serves as Arrowmont’s outreach and partnership liaison.
Bill’s functional and sculptural ceramics continue to be exhibited and published in national juried/invitational exhibitions and publications. His work is included in private and public collections including the Tennessee State Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, Arrowmont Permanent Collection. City of Orlando, Florida Permanent Collection, San Angelo Museum of Art, TX, Haan Museum of Indiana Art, Tokoname Cultural Museum, Japan and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China.
He is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Select exhibitions include: Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, Clay Art Center, NY, St. Croix Pottery National Invitational, Weisman Art Museum, MN, NCECA Juried National, Feats of Clay XXIII National, CA, Strictly Functional National, PA, Architectural Echoes at the Center for Craft, Creativity, Design, NC, The Art of Tennessee at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, TN, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada at the Columbus College of Art & Design, OH and Hoosier Expatriates: From Indiana to the World, at the Indianapolis Art Center, IN.
Bill is active as a curator and juror for national exhibitions and craft festivals. He continues to lecture and teach as a visiting artist for conferences, universities, craft schools and guilds. He has served on jury panels for the Windgate Fellowship Awards, the Ohio Arts Council, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Arkansas Arts Council’s Individual Artists Fellowship Awards.
In 2018, Bill received a national Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) for his contributions to the ceramic field.