I have been working in the field of visual art since 1996 when I began my undergraduate fine arts education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I was initially a painting student; having spent my youth focused in 2-D discipline, but became enamored with clay immediately upon contact.
In the beginning, my emphasis was on craft, being more interested in what the clay had to say, than what I had to say with the material. My focus has changed considerably over time and recently, I have been using clay to explore questions and issues that lay beyond the materiality and craft of the studio.
“Richard W. James is currently an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics an Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Prior to this, he held artist in resident positions at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT (2017-2019), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (2016-2017) in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Zhenrutang (summer 2015) in Jingdezhen, China. Richard received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2016, where a portion of his thesis work received the 2016 Sculpture Magazine Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He was the recipient of the James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award (2019) for emerging artist in contemporary craft as well as the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award (2018). He has also written for Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics: Technical and Ceramics Monthly. His work is featured in numerous private collections and has exhibited across the country, as well as China and Italy. “
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