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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 grew up in rural Tennessee. He earned his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2016 and was a 2016-17 long-term artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He has been a summer artist-in-residence at Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China, a special student in ceramics at Indiana University, and received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001.  Richard is the recipient of Sculpture Magazines 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and joins the Bray as the 2017 Speyer Fellow." 

For any questions or comments feel free to contact me. 

        richardwjames01@gmail.com

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