James (Jake) Boggs




2016    MFA, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ceramic Focus, Honolulu, HI  

2013    BFA, Eastern Kentucky University, Ceramic Focus, Richmond, KY

2011    Study Abroad, West Virginia University Summer Study Abroad at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute,                    Jingdezhen, China.


Professional Experience: 

2016    Adjunct Lecturer, Ceramics Area, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2016    International Handmade Fair, Exhibitor, Seoul, South Korea

2016    Student Lecturer, “What Now?: A Post University Pottery Pathway”, NCECAAnnual Conference,                    Kansas City, MI

2015    Assistant to Onggi Master Lee KangHyo, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

2015    Graduate Teaching Fellowship (Ceramics Art 242) Graduate Assistantship, University of Hawai’i at                 Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2014    Lab and Safety Support(ceramic,glass,metal,wood studios) Graduate  Assistantship, University of                   Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu Hawai’i

2014    Juror, Hawai’i Science and Engineering Fair Poster Contest, Honolulu, HI

2014    Ceramics, Glass, Metal and Wood Studio Supervisor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.

2014    Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii Manoa ART 347, Brad Taylor, Honolulu,         HI.

2014    President, Ceramics Club, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI.

2013    Ceramic Studio Assistant, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI

2013    Teaching Assistant, ART 345, Brad Taylor, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu         HI. 

2013    Artist Assistant: Richard Burkett, Joe Molinaro, Penland School of Craft, Penland,     NC.

2013    Assistants Lecture, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC.

2013    Research Assistant to Joe Molinaro, Eastern Kentucky University, Quito,                Ecuador. 

2011    Artist Lecture, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China.

2010    Ceramics Studio Technician, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.



Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:

2016    Re/Collecting, MFA Exhibition, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Hon., HI 

2013    “Holding On/Letting Go”, with Jen Chua, Commons Gallery, University of Hawai’i  at Mānoa

2013    Martha and Reecie Stagnolia Gallery, SECTC, Cumberland, KY


Group Exhibitions:

2015    “Prototype”, Honolulu Museum of Art at Linekona, Honolulu, HI    

2014    “Into View” an Exhibition of Narcissists, Gallery I’olani, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI

2014    “10 Grains of Rice” The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI

2014    “In-Residence” The Garage, Honolulu, HI 

2014    “Hawai’i Future” The Box Jelly, Honolulu, HI

2014    “Meronym” Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, Honolulu, HI

2014    “With Clay With Friendship With World” Ceramic Art Exhibition,  International Internet  Exhibition,                   Seoul, South Korea

2013    “Graduate Exhibition”, Commons Gallery University of Hawai’i at Manoa

2012    “UP Showcase Exhibition”, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

2011    “Coal and Rail Centennial”, Harlan, KY    

2011    “NCECA Shared Journeys II”, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


Juried Exhibitions:

2014    36th Annual “Commitment to Excellence” Exhibition, Hawai’i Japanese Chamber of Commerce,                     Honolulu, HI

2014    “Shapes of Influence”, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL 

2014    “Raku Ho’olaule’a”, Hawai’i Craftsmen, Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI

2013    8th Annual University Open, Lexarts Art Center, Lexington, KY 

2009    Juried Student Exhibition (2009-2013), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 


Honors and Awards:

2016    Yun T. and Chen Chuan Tu Student Travel Endowment in Art, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa,                         Honolulu, HI

2015    H. John Heide Fellowship in Art, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2015    Yun T. and Chen Chuan Tu Student Travel Endowment in Art, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa,                         Honolulu, HI

2013    Deans Award, Juried Student Exhibition, EKU, Richmond, KY




2015    “Re/Collecting: A Reflection on Graduate School”, Objective Clay, 12/2/2015  

2013    “Boggs Work on Display at SKCTC”, Harlan Daily Enterprise, 8/8/2013




Jake Boggs was “borned and raised” in the hills of Appalachia where he spent most of his childhood looking for wild things. He later received a B.F.A. concentrating in ceramics from Eastern Kentucky University. He then went on to receive his M.F.A. from The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa while concentrating in ceramics and sculpture. Jake is an avid traveler and has curiously ventured around the globe researching and studying various ceramic traditions in hopes to distill that information into his art practice. When he is not traveling or making art he enjoys long hikes in secluded places and tending to his plants in the garden. 




My art is a constellation of ideas revolving around the functional ceramic vessel. I take elements of form, function, and design that I find valuable, translate them into clay and arrange them into unique compositions. Experimentation allows me to work with endless variables within a fixed system of materials. When I travel or when I am in the studio my curiosity of the world is visually tempered with an interest the vessel. I question the relationships of tradition and innovation, the handmade and the mass-produced, and the ideas of creative authorship vs. ownership. Through my pots I subtly question these binaries while producing functional and pleasurable objects for daily life.

The souvenir is an important element in my work. When I am out of the studio, on a hike, on a trip to the antique store, or traveling internationally I record vessels that inspire me. I take quick photographs, sketches, and plaster moulds of outstanding properties of the pots I encounter. These design souvenirs serve as building blocks of my creative work when I return to the studio. There I amalgamate these appropriated parts with wheel thrown pots to form a hybridity of forms. These parts, be it a spout, handle, or foot all have a story to tell and composed together reflect my collective memory as athree-dimensional travelog. 

While imbuing my pottery with souvenir parts I also work to make each vessel as functional and haptically pleasurable as possible while remaining committed to the ceramic process. The idea that the objects will have an intrinsic value inseparable from their function propels me forward in my craft. I celebrate the incongruence of forms and quietly embellish each pot to have its own original presence.