Jim BrashearFairbanks, AK

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James Brashear is a Professor of Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  His teaching career spans over twenty years spent at the University of Alaska, Syracuse University, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  James received his Masters of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University.  Currently he resides in Fairbanks with his wife and two children.  As an artist his inspiration is nature, clay is his medium, and he uses the ceramic vessel as his form for expression. He explores the process and rhythm in the construction and development of ceramic form and surface. He chooses the vessel because it is timeless and universal.  His most recent work has been experimenting with forms and surfaces that are enhanced by the wood fire process.  Each pot that comes from the wood kiln is unique in its surface, color and flame pattern. When completed, his pots are a fired chronology of his technical and aesthetic interaction with clay.  Jim has exhibited, lectured, and taught workshops throughout the United States including Arrowmont Center for the Arts and Crafts TN.  He has been a Resident Artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts ME and Red Lodge Center for the Ceramic Arts MT.  His works are included in private and public collections including Carnegie Museum of Art, Anchorage Museum of Art and History, and the Museum of the North.

My inspiration is nature, my vehicle of expression is clay and my obsession is ceramic processes.  My work gathers forms, textures and images from past studio experience and my interaction with the natural world.  The works I create have elements of my experience both in the studio and in nature.

I explore the process and rhythm in the construction and development of ceramic form and surface. Currently I am continuing a body of work in a vessel format using a combination of wheel-thrown and other forming techniques that are derivative of classical elements in historical work. I choose the vessel because it is timeless, universal and represents social and spiritual associations.

Most recently, I have been experimenting with forms and surfaces that are enhanced by the wood fire process.  I enjoy how each pot that comes from the wood kiln is unique in its surface, color and flame pattern. When completed, my pots are a fired chronology of my technical and aesthetic interaction with clay.