SK O’Brien is an artist, designer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Product Design in the University of Kentucky's College of Design. Her professional design experience includes working as Lead Designer for the Kohler Company and Products Director for 212box in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008 and was awarded an MFA (2020) in Ceramics and an MA (2021) in Art + Design Education by The Rhode Island School of Design.
SK’s design and fine art are united by a passionate exploration of the capabilities of materials and processes, discovering unexpected moments of function and beauty. Her product design work has received 10 patents and numerous acknowledgements including the Red Dot, iF and IDEA awards. Her fine art work has been featured in both national and international shows.