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Visiting Artist to Conduct Ceramic Workshop at WTAMU

Oct. 2, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Visiting Artist to Conduct Ceramic Workshop at WTAMU

CANYON, Texas—Visiting artist James C. Watkins will share his more than 30 years of expertise in working with clay during a two-day ceramics workshop and exhibition Oct. 11-12 at West Texas A&M University. An exhibition of his work will run Oct. 12-25 in the Formal Art Gallery, Mary Moody Northen Hall.

Watkins, a Horn Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, will conduct the two-day ceramic workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. On Thursday, Oct. 11, Watkins will demonstrate double-walled pots, stretching techniques and joining multiple pots for larger forms. The day’s schedule also will include a slide presentation.

On the second day of the workshop, Watkins will demonstrate alternative firing techniques such as saggar firing, aluminum foil saggar and fuming. The University’s ceramics program is offering the two-day workshop at no cost to community members ages 18 and over. Space is limited and those interested must pre-register by emailing Megan Easley, instructor of art, at measley@wtamu.edu.

The University will host an opening reception for Watkins from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Mary Moody Northen Hall’s Formal Art Gallery. The public is invited.

Watkins teaches architectural ceramics and architectural delineation in the Texas Tech College of Architecture. He is the recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and recognized as a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, the highest honor TTU bestows on members of its faculty. In 2005 he taught in Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture as a Fulbright Scholar. He earned a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and a M.F.A. from Indiana University.

His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan. He has co-authored two books, Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques and Architectural Delineation, Presentation Techniques and Projects. His work also is featured in A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins.

For more information about Watkins and the ceramic workshop, contact Easley at measley@wtamu.edu.



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