This form has manifested itself in countless ways over the millennia in every culture. As product of human imagination. The Vase is perhaps the most iconic of ceramic objects. In China it has been a ground where painting found a physical, pictorial and narrative space far beyond it’s utilitarian venture. In the West it has been subject or signifier as image in canvas painting.
In this workshop we will seek it to expand the sculptural potential of the vase, drawing upon complex shapes and entities, reorienting it’s dimensional space. We will push and pull it’s volume via wheel, hand building and casting methods, exploring references to metaphor, language and the figure.
James Lawton received MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University (1980). He is the professor in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth. Prior appointments include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Alfred University.
Lawton served on the Board of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Residencies at JAEA Ceramic Art Center, CN; ICRC/Guldagergård, DK; ICS/Kecskemét, HU; Anderson Ranch, CO; Penland School, NC.
Awards include the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, the South Carolina Artist Fellowship, and research grants from SAIC and UMass Dartmouth. Lawton was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in 2012.
Lawton’s work is in the collections of the Smithsonian/Wash DC; L.A. County Museum of Art; Victoria & Albert Museum/London; Icheon World Ceramic Center/Korea, and private collections.