EDUCATION

2003-2006         Master of Fine Arts, Utah State University; Logan, Utah

1994-1998         Bachelor of fine Arts, NYSCC at Alfred University; Alfred, New York

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2006-Present     Studio Potter

2013-Present     Owner, Origins Tile: Petaluma, California

2011-Present     Board of Directors, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California

2013-2017      President, Board of Directors, Association of Clay and Glass Artists

2017               McKnight Fellowship, Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota

2016-2017      Creative Work Fund Grant

2012                  Artist In Residence, Leslie Ferrin’s Project Art; Cummington, Massachusetts  

2007-2012        Ceramics Program Coordinator, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California

2006                 Guest Artist in Residence, University of California; Berkeley, California

2003                 Guest Artist, Orcas Island Pottery; Orcas Island, Washington

2001-2003         Co-Founder and Director, Center for Ceramic Arts, and Sebastian Ward Gallery;
                          Berkeley, California

2000-01             Guest Artist, Orcas Island Pottery; Orcas Island, Washington

1999-01             Artist In Residence, Mendocino Arts Center; Mendocino, California

1998-99             Artist In Residence, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts; New Castle, Maine

1999                  Technical Consultant, Animal Tile Works; Rockland, Maine

1998                  Kiln Technicians assistant, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred
                          University; Alfred, New York

1996                  Glass blowing assistant, Church and Maple Glass; Burlington, Vermont

TEACHING

2017               Volumetric Image Transfer, Arrowmont School; Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2017               Visiting Artist, Saddleback College; Mission Viejo, California

2017               Volumetric Image Transfer, Mendocino Art Center; Mendocino, California

2016                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Taos Clay; Taos, New Mexico

2016               Volumetric Image Transfer, Penland School of Crafts; Penland, North Carolina

2016               Volumetric Image Transfer, RIT; Rochester, New York

2015-16         Adjunct Ceramics Instructor, Sonoma State University; Rohnert Park, California

2015                   Adjunct Ceramics instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College; Santa Rosa, California

2009-2013          Adjunct Ceramics instructor, Solano College; Fairfield, California

2014                   Presenter Surface Forum, Potters Council; Lexington, Kentucky

2014                   Presenter, Florida Heat, St. Pete Clay; St. Petersburg, Florida

2014                   Visiting Artist, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska

2014                   Visiting Artist, Texas Tech University; Lubbock, Texas

2014                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Taos Clay; Taos, New Mexico

2014                   Visiting Artist, Green Mountain College; Poultney, Vermont

2014                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Greenwich House Pottery; New York, NY

2013                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Oregon Potters Association; Eugene, Oregon

2013                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Herron School of Art: Indianapolis, Indiana

2012                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Arrowmont School of Art; Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2012                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Mudfire Studios; Decatur, Georgia

2012                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Sierra Nevada College; Incline Village, Nevada

2012                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Ruby’s Clay Studio; San Francisco, California

2008-2011          Adjunct Ceramics instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College; Santa Rosa, California

2011                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Fourth and Clay Studio; Berkeley, California             

2011                   Volumetric Image Transfer, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California

2011                   Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, Maryland

2011                   Visiting Artist Workshop, Syracuse University; Syracuse, New York

2011                    Visiting Artist Workshop, Hartwick College; Oneonta, New York

2011                   Transferring Images to Clay, Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, Maryland

2010                   Image Transfer Demonstration, ACGA Palo Alto; Palo Alto, California

2010                   Blending, form function and surface, Mendocino Arts Center; Mendocino,      
                           California

2009                   Visiting artist Lecture and demonstration, California College of Arts and Crafts;  
                           Oakland, California

2009                    Image transfer workshop, Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota

2008-2009          Adjunct Ceramics instructor, City College of San Francisco; San Francisco,
                           California

2009                    Visiting Artist, Mendocino College; Ukiah, California

2008                    Sabbatical Replacement (ceramics), Ceramics, Diablo Valley College; Pleasant
                            Hill, California

2007                    Printing on Wheel Thrown Clay, Mendocino Art Center; Mendocino, California

2007                    Advanced Ceramic Techniques, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma California

2006                   Visiting artist Lecture and demonstration, California College of Arts and Crafts;
                           Oakland, California

2006                   Inventive Imagery Workshop, at Heath Ceramics; Sausalito, California

2003-2006         Graduate teaching assistant, Utah State University; Logan, Utah

2004                   Workshop Assistant to J Daniel Murphy, Wood fired Ceramics, Utah State
                           University; Logan, Utah

2003                   Instructor Beginning and Advanced Ceramics, Diablo Valley College; Walnut
                           Creek, California

1998-1999         Teacher and facilitator, Mud Mobile, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

1998-1999         Teacher for The Deck House School Project, Watershed Center For Ceramic Arts

1997                  Instructor Pots That Pour, Princeton Arts Council; Princeton, New Jersey

1997                  Ceramics Instructor, Princeton Arts Council; Princeton New Jersey

 SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017              Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota

2016              Forrest Middelton + Adam Field Focus Show, Penland Gallery; Penland, NC

2016              American Craft Council Show; San Francisco, California

2015, 2016    Flower City Pottery Invitational; Rochester, New York

2015                  American Pottery Festival; Minneapolis, Minnesota

2015                  California Handmade; Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts,
                          Alta Loma, California

2015                  The Yunomi Invitational; Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2014                  Contrasts, Solo Exhibition, Louis Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts;
                          Lubbock, Texas

2014                 Bay Area Heavies, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2014                 Three Perspectives, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2013                  Distilled Essences I, Charlie Cummings Gallery; Gainesville, Florida

2013                  Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa

2012                  Image and Form, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2012                  Covet: Art Objects, Ferrin Gallery; Pittsfield, Massachusetts

2012                  Honored Alumni Exhibition, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art; Logan, Utah

2012                  Colorscapes, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art; Alfred        
                          University, Alfred, New York

2012                  Art of the Northwest Table, NCECA Seattle, Urban Enoteca; Seattle, Washington

2012                  Valentines Daze, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2012                  Dallas Pottery Invitational, The Gallery, Addison Visotors Center; Addison, Texas

2011                  The Greatest Holiday Show On Earth, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Tampa Bay,
                          Florida

2011                  Mendovernacular, The Heights Waterfront, NCECA, Tampa Bay, Florida

2011                  Pattern and Design, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2011                  Recent Works by Forrest Lesch-Middelton (solo exhibtion), Gandee Gallery;
                          Fabius, New York

2010                  50 Gravy Boats, Diablo Valley College; Walnut Creek, California

2010                  Invitational Cup and Holiday Show; Fourth and Clay Gallery; Berkeley, California

2010                  Form and Function: Ceramic Artists of California, Reynolds Gallery; Santa
                          Barbara, California

2010                  Once Upon a Time, John Neely and Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Trax Gallery;
                          Berkeley, California

2010                  Flora, Schaller Gallery; Montana

2010                  Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa

2010                  American Pottery Festival 2010 Preview, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis,
                          Minnesota

2010                  A Frosty Journey, An Exhibition of Past Watershed Winter Session Residents,                                     Worcester Center for Crafts; Worcester Massachusetts

 2009                 ‘Tis a Gift (19th Annual Holiday Exhibition), Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis,
                           Minnesota

2009                   Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, Maryland

2009                    Holiday Exhibition and Sale, Gandee Gallery; Syracuse, New York

2009                    American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota

2009                    Function and Fashion, Gallery 212; Sonoma, California

2009                    La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA; Phoenix, Arizona

2008                    10x10 California Artists Invite Artists, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2008                    Utilitarian Clay V, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2008                    Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa

2008                    La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2007                    Four Score, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California

2007                    The Pitcher Show, An Invitational Ceramics Exhibition; University of North
                            Carolina, Pembroke, North Carolina

2007                    Botanical, Santa Fe Clay; Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007                    Featured Artist, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa

2007                    Biennial Exhibition of functional Ceramics, Guilford Arts Center; Guilford,
                            Connecticut

2007                    Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts; Lincoln, California

2007                    By The Ounce, Louisville Kentucky

2007                    Contrast: Ceramic Explorations in Black and White, Atrium Gallery; Muncie,  
                            Indiana

2007                    Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa

2006                    Layered Objectives, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Twain Tippetts
                            Gallery; Logan, Utah

2006                    Ink and Clay 32, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University art Gallery, California
                            State Polytechnic University; Pomona, California

2006                    In the Spotlight, Presidents Art Show, Museum of Art and History, Salt Lake City

2005                    Wood Fired Ceramics, University of Southern Idaho; Twin Falls, Idaho

2005                    Graduate Student Exhibition, Utah State University; Logan, Utah

2004                    Invited Artist, International Transpersonal Conference; Palm Springs, California

2004                    Graduate Student Exhibition, Twain Tippetts Gallery; Logan, Utah

2004                    Starbrick Clay National, Starbrick Clay; Nelsonville, Ohio

2003                    Graduate Student Exhibition, Twain Tippetts Gallery; Logan, Utah

2003                    Northern California Ceramics, NCECA; San Diego, California

2002                   Old Friends: An Exhibition of the Work by John Arndt and Forrest Lesch-
                           Middelton, Sebastian Ward Gallery; Berkley, California

2001                   Artist in Residence Exhibition, Mendocino Arts Center; Mendocino, California

2001                   Artist invites Artists, Coastal Arts; Fort Bragg, California

 2000                  Steeped in Tradition: The Contemporary Teapot, Ariana Gallery; Royal Oak, MI

2000                   Teapots, Vermont Clay Studio; Woodbury, VT

1999                   Watershed in New York, Barney Building, New York University; New York

1998                   Undergraduate Exit Exhibition, Robert Turner Gallery; Alfred, New York

1998                   Emerging Artists of the United States, Vermont Clay Studio

1998                Light is Love, Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester, NY

CURATING

2012                   Julia Terr Annual; Gallery 212; Sonoma, California

2011                   Doceo Argilla, Ceramics Educators of California; Gallery 212; Sonoma, California

2009                   Museum Pieces, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California

2007                  Conversations in Clay, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California

2003                  Assistant Curator to Leslie Ferrin, Short Stories, Sebastian Ward Gallery

2002                  Second Annual Holiday Exhibition at the Center for Ceramic Arts, Sebastian Ward
                          Gallery

2002                 Expectations, Recent Works in Porcelain by Jess Parker, Sebastian Ward Gallery

2002                 Garage Science, Sculptural Ceramics by Sue Whitmore, Sebastian Ward Gallery

2002                 Dynamic Synthesis, Works by Christa Assad, Sebastian Ward Gallery

2000                 Co-Curator, Gegnome Project; CCACA Conference; Davis, California

1998                 Curator, Native American Student and Alumni Exhibition; Alfred, New York

1997                 Curator, Native American Student and Alumni Exhibition; Alfred, New York

PUBLICATION

2015                Osburn, D. 2015, Tile Envy, Cicada Books

2015                Bige Burnett, J. 2015; Graphic Clay, Lark Books

2015                Custom Home, The Art and Craft of Home Designs, October 2015

2015                Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, Carter, B. June, 3, 2015

2014                Surface Glaze and Form, 2014; Pottery Making Illustrated

2014                Jonescast, Podcast, Jones, B.R., September, 2014

2014                Sunset Magazine, Idea House , October 2014

2014                Lasky, J. January 30, 2014, Echoes of Ancient Civilizations; New York Times

2014                Ceramics Yearbook, 2013-14; Ceramics Monthly Artist of the Year

2014                Architectural Digest, April 2013 Essentials

2014                Video, Ceramic Arts Daily 2014; Volumetric Image Transfer

2014                Video, Ceramic Arts Daily 2014; Platters

2014                House Beautiful Magazine; June 2013

2014                Watts, K. March, 2013; Making an Impression, The Press Democrat

2011                Spahn, J, September 2011, Beauty From Contrasts, Ceramics Monthly

2007                Sonoma Valley Sun, December 20th

2007               The Column (Sonoma Community Center Magazine), Fall, 2007

2006               500 pitchers, Lark Press

1998               Up Front, Ceramics Monthly, May 1998