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.
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
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
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.