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.

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.

Exhibitions

2010

  • “Inferno,” national invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, MT

2009

  • “Recent Works,” Solo Exhibit, Northwest College, Powell, WY (scheduled)

2008

  • “20/20 Vision,” National Invitational, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK“Fire and Earth”, National Invitational, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA
  • "Recent Works,” Solo Exhibit, Fireweed Gallery, Homer, AK
  • “Artists in Residence Programs,” Invitational, Market House Craft Center, PA
  • “Recent Works,” Solo Exhibit, Casper College, Casper, WY
  • “Interior Artisans XXII” Juried Regional, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Recent Works,” Featured Artist, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
  • “Recent Works,” Solo Exhibit, Wells Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Pursuit and Discovery,” Solo Exhibit, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK

2007

  • “Earth Fire and Fiber Exhibition XXVI,” Regional Juried Touring Exhibit originated at Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AK
  • XXII Annual 64th Parallel,” Juried Regional, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks
  • “Set the Table,” Statewide invitational Girdwood Center for Visual Arts
  • “Master’s of Mud III,” Regional Invitational, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
  • “Artisans Expo and Sale,” Regional invitational University of Alaska Museum
  • “Annual Gallery Artists,” Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Wood fired Ceramics,” local group exhibition Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK

2006

  • “Taking It Outside,” State Invitational featuring Alaskan Artists, NCECA, Portland“Vessel Invitational 2006,” National Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, MT
  • “Master’s of Mud III,” Regional Invitational, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
  • “The Kenai Experience,” Regional Invitational, Kenai Cultural Center, Kenai, AK
  • “National Teapot Invitational,” National Invitational, Univ. of Arkansas, Monticello
  • “Twenty Plus One: International Wood-fired Conference,” International Invitational, Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff
  • “Interior Artisans XX.” Juried Regional, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK

2005

  • “A Natural Touch,” National Invitational, The Mill Center in conjunction with NCECA, Baltimore, MD
  • “Interior Artisans XVIIII” Juried Regional, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK, Third Place Award
  • “Earth, Fire & Fibre XXV,” Regional Juried Touring Exhibit originated at Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AK
  • “James Brashear Recent Works,” Regional Solo Exhibit, Freeburg Gallery, Kenai Community College, Kenai, AK
  • “Cedar Creek Gallery,” National Juried Exhibit, Creedmoor, NC
  • “Hot Stuff/Clay Tigers,” National Invitational, Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • -selected for the traveling exhibit, Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU School of Art
  • “Woodfired Ceramics”, Local Invitational, Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK

2004

  • “Gun Art,” Invitational Exhibit, Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK
  • “James Brashear, Todd Sherman,” Regional Exhibit, Bunnell St. Gallery, Homer, AK
  • “Annual Gallery Artists,” Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Ceramics Annual” Local invitational, Wells Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Faculty Exhibition,” Art Department Gallery, UAF
  • “Material Wealth,” National Craft Invitational, Kipp Gallery, IUP, Indiana, PA
  • “Spring Pottery Show,” Invitational, New Horizons Gallery, Fairbanks, AK

2003

  • “Beastiary: Animal Imagery on Clay,” National Invitational, Odessey Gallery, NC
  • “Made in Fairbanks” Regional Invitational, UAF Museum
  • “Interior Artisians XVII” Regional Juried, Fairbanks Arts Assoc, Fairbanks, AK
  • “Gallery Artists” Wells Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks, Alaskas

2002

  • “Feats of Clay” XV Juried National Exhibition, Lincoln, California; Merit and Purchase Award
  • "Clay Nation” National Invitational, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
  • “Spirit of Alaska the Inner Landscape” Statewide Invitational, Kenai, AK
  • “Gallery Artists” Local Invitational, Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, AK

2001

  • “Fairbanks Potter Guild Show”, Artworks Gallery, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • “Feats of Clay XIV”Juried National Exhibition, Lincoln, California; Purchase Award
  • “Six Degrees” National Invitational at Trish Higgins Fine Arts, Wichita, Kansas
  • “Faculty Show” Bear Gallery, Alaskaland – Fairbanks, Alaska

2000

  • “Recent Vessels” Solo Exhibition, William & Henry Gallery, Homer, Alaska
  • “James Brashear, Ceramics – Scott Hanson, Painting” 2 person show, Wells Street Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • “Impressions in Clay”, National Juried Exhibition, Chester Springs Studio, PA
  • “Ceramics Invitational” Regional, Wells Street Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • “The 2000 International Orton Cone Box Show”, Baker Univ,KSPurchase Award
  • “Alaska Juried Clay Exhibition 2000”, State Exhibition, Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, Alaska; Honorable Mention
  • “Chef John Folse Utilitarian Ceramics National”, National Juried Exhibition, Nicholls State Univ., LA; Purchase Award“LaGrange National Biennial”, Nat. Juried Exhibit, Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College, GA, Purchase Award
  • “National Summer Faculty Invitational” National Invitational Arrowmaont School of arts and Crafts, Gattlinburg, TN

Professional Experience

  • Present-97 Professor of Art: University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2008 Artist in Residence: Red Lodge Clay Center, MT
  • 2006 Invited Faculty: Northwest Campus University of Alaska, Nome, AK
  • 2005 Invited Faculty: Arrowmont School for Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (also ’00,’98)
  • 2003 Guest Curator, “Made in Fairbanks,” Univ. of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
  • ‘08-‘95 Invited Presenter: Demonstration Workshops & Slide Lectures: 11 universities
  • ’95-97 Assistant Professor of Art: Syracuse University, NY

Education

  • 1990 MFA Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1987 BFA Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Permanent Public Collections

  • The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Anchorage Museum of Art and History, Anchorage, AK
  • Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK