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Other Resources:

Books:
A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins, by Kippra D. Hopper, Texas Tech University Press

Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques, by James C. Watkins & Paul Andrew Wandless, Lark Books

James Watkins

Memories and Dreams - Innovations with Clay

As a ceramic artist, James Watkins incorporates many special techniques in order to create his clay “caldrons.”  You can see one of his large beautiful clay pieces at the left.  He is able to obtain the size and thickness he wants by creating a double-walled form, a technique he developed on his own to achieve this effect.

James also uses a number of interesting techniques for glazing and firing his pieces.  In fact, he has co-written a book about this (see the Other Resources listings below left).  During his residency at the Eiteljorg Museum, James showed many of these techniques in demonstrations and workshops.  And in conversations with us and our visitors, he shared about some of his inspirations and how he became an artist.

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James Watkins' residency in 2008 was supported by grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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