Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Join us in welcoming James Lee Webb to the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard to talk about his life and work as a ceramic artist. Webb is currently the Artist-In-Residence at Mudflat Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.
This lecture is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP below to reserve your seat.
James Webb was born in North Middletown, Kentucky; a small farming-community town in which he learned to help raise hay and work on various local farms. James grew up heavily artistically involved with drawing and painting, until taking a ceramics class for non-majors at Eastern Kentucky University. Having loved to work with his hands, clay more than filled that hands-on need to learn something new and experience touching clay within an array of new techniques. After becoming immersed in wanting to work with clay seriously, he acquired a BFA in ceramics from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012.
Having finished an undergraduate degree, he then served as studio technician for his graduating university for two years, continuing to make work and learning technical aspects of clay studio practice. After applying to graduate school and accepting an offer from Southern Illinois University, James moved to Carbondale and achieved a MFA in ceramics in 2017. Upon having developed a voice in clay in graduate school, he began developing strong ideas and attributes in his work. Some of the aspects he deals with in his work are Lexical-gustatory synesthesia, perception of authenticity of material and Roman marble sculpture. In addition to working towards his degree during his time there, he also served as shop technician for one year, instructor of record in teaching ceramics for two years and Craft shop ceramics graduate assistant for three years before completing his residence as an artist at New Harmony Clay Project in New Harmony, Indiana. James is currently the new resident artist at Mudflat Pottery School in Somerville, MA, where he teaches ceramics classes and lives as an active clay artist.