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 from rural Tennessee and received his B.F.A. from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001. For 8 years he ran his own pottery studio until 2010-2012 when he attended Indiana University as a special student to pursue his interest in sculpture. Richard received his M.F.A. in ceramics from The University of Kansas in May 2016 and was a 2015 summer artist-in-resident at Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China. Richard served as a 2016-2017 resident at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and will be a long-term Archie Bray Foundation resident beginning August 2017."
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