Professor James Brashear

Image of Professor James Brashear next to work in woodfire kiln
Photo courtesy of Red Lodge Clay Center

Artist Bio

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.


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