• 2017 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
  • 2016 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • 2015 Zhenrutang A.I.R., Jingdezhen, China   


  • 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        Martin, Tennessee                         

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions                                                                       

  • 2018 (Upcoming) The Persistence of the Residuum, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 2018 (Upcoming) Found Again, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Pittsburg, PA
  • 2018 (Upcoming) Ceramic Sculpture Culture: Unifying the Narrative Figure, MOKA Art Gallery, Pittsburg, PA
  • 2018 (Upcoming) Figurative Association: The Human Form Symposium, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2017 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
  • 2017  Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville, OH
  • 2017  Ceramic Sculpture Culture, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 
  • 2017  Habitual, Roswell Clay, Atlanta, GA 
  • 2017  Un//known, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2016  Ceramic Sculpture Culture, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
  • 2016  okay., Wolpert Gallery, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2016   International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement Awards In Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NJ  
  • 2016   The Arrowmont Experience, The Emporium, Knoxville, TN
  • 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

Publications as author

James, R.W. (2017) The Work of Russell Wrankle, Ceramics: Art and Perception. #105, pp. 4-9.

James, R.W. (2017).  The Unifying Language of Clay in a Complicated World, Ceramics: Technical, #105, pp. 58-61

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

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

Publications as feature

Arbogast, E. (2018). Exposure, Ceramics Monthly. January, pp. 18.

Smith, A. (2017) The Unsettling Ceramic Sculptures of Richard W. James. Hi-Fructose Art Magazine, (

Ramos, O. (2017). Conversation with Richard W. James, Work Untitled. 2017 Q3.

Knapp, J. (2017). Exposure, Ceramics Monthly. March, pp. 20.

Hutchison, J. (2016). The International Sculpture Center 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards, Sculpture. October, pp. 52.

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

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


2017 Zanesville Prize For Contemporary Ceramics Finalist 

2017 Speyer Fellowship Award, The Archie Bray Foundation

2016  Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award                                 

2015  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                                                        

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

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

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

2012  Honorable Mention, Flash Point International Wood Fire                                          

2006  Asheville Area Arts Council “Emerging Artist” Grant Recipient