• 2013-2016 M.F.A. Ceramics Candidate   University of Kansas       Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2010-2012  Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics   Indiana University   Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1996-2001  Bachelor of Fine Arts  University of Tennessee        Martin, Tennessee

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016   Thirties, Six01Studio, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming June)
  • 2016   Richard W. James Thesis Exhibition, KU Art and Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS 
  • 2016   Generations, Filipino Cultural Center, Overland Park, KS 
  • 2015   Intimate Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2015   2015 M.F.A. National Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2015   The Seven Colors, Other Gallery, Jingdezhen, China
  • 2015   New China From China, Milano Art EXPO, Italy
  • 2014   Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition 5, Concordia Gallery, St. Paul, MN 
  • 2014   2014 World Cup Tournament,  Hyart Gallery, Madison, WI
  • 2014   Way of the Tea Bowl,  Plenum Space Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 2013   Lets Talk About Love Baby,  Sculpture X, Columbus, OH
  • 2013   Singularities, West Street Art Gallery (2-person, lecture), Madison, IN
  • 2013   Lets Talk About Love Baby,   Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2012   Flash Point, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2011    In Lieu, Hanover College Greiner Art Gallery  (2-person, lecture), Hanover, IN     
  • 2011    Detritus, West Street Art Gallery (solo), Madison, IN
  • 2010   Our Own Backyard, Grenier Art Gallery, Hanover, IN
  • 2008   Untitled, Studio 310  (solo), Madison, IN



James, R.W. (In press). Russell Wrankle Profile, New Ceramics.

James, R.W. (2016).  Zhenrutang Artist in Residence Program, Ceramics: Art and Perception, May.

James, R.W. (2015).  He Said, She Said. Ceramics: Art and Perception, June.      

Salamoni, A. (2014).  Wood-fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, Pennsylvania.

James, R.W. (2013).  Low firing with wood. Ceramics Monthly. June/July/August, pp. 58–62.

Melnick, (2013).  D. Pots and Protons: Richard James Ceramics, The Ryder Arts Magazine. May, pp. 22-24.


Nomination, Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award                     2016

Recipient, Travel Award, The University of Kansas Ceramic Association                           2015

Recipient, Travel Award, The University of Kansas SOTA Travel Research Grant                    2015

Finalist, 2015 National MFA Competition                                                         2015

Recipient, Travel Award, The University of Kansas Ceramic Association                           2014

Best in Show, Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition 5, St. Paul, MN                        2014

Clyde Bonebrake and Ward Lockwood Art Scholarship, The University of Kansas                     2013

Honorable Mention, Flash Point International Wood Fire                                          2012

Asheville Area Arts Council “Emerging Artist” Grant Recipient                                   2006