James C. Watkins
Biography / Artist Statement
James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has worked with clay for over 40 years. His work is held in 23 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts; at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York; the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota; the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Watkins’ work has been widely exhibited in 43 solo exhibitions and 166 group exhibitions.
Watkins is a Texas Tech University, Horn Distinguished Professor Emeritus. The Horn Professorship is the highest honor Texas Tech University may bestow on members of its faculty. Horn Professorships are granted to professors in recognition of national and international distinction for outstanding research or other creative scholarly achievements.
His awards include the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the third recipient of the Art on the Llano Estacada Legacy Award, presented by Texas Tech University Museum Association. He was a 2005 Senior Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture. Watkins is the 2019 recipient of the HCCC Texas Master Award present by the Houston Center of Contemporary Crafts in Houston.
Watkins is the author of the self-published book, Reflections Made of Memories. He is also the co-author of three books, Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques published by Sterling Publishing and Niedrigbrand published by Hanusch/Verlag Publications – the German translation of Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques, both books co-authored with Paul Andrew Wandless; and Architectural Delineation: Presentation Techniques and Projects published by Kendall Hunt Publishing, co-authored with James T. Davis.
His work is the subject of a book entitled A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins by Kippra D. Hopper published by Texas Tech University Press. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Indiana University.