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Artist: James Tingey

James Tingey
James Tingey, OREGON

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My work is a material articulation of the relationships, origins, and roles of functional objects and the interactions between process, material, landscape and utility. Utilizing a vocabulary of functional ceramic objects, my work explores material and process as a vehicle to articulate relationships between object and containment, body and environment. My works incorporates a straight forward visual language to address function, and the vocabularies of utility and wood firing to investigate the intersection of process and control, utilizing form and flame to dictate surface. By embracing residues of process I seek to connect the viewer to the transformation of material into object.

Surfaces serve as a record of an object’s history materially containing the residues and interactions of time and process, which operate as indicators of transformation. Traces and layers of process are evident through the residues of forming and firing, engaging in a visual and tactile dialogue that is discovered through use. Through implied function and familiarity of form, I want my work to exist as an object of utility and as a record of activity. This oscillating focus between what the object does and what the object records, invites the viewer to consider their relationship to both.

I am interested in my works relationship to environment and landscape, how an object can function within a environment, and how landscape affect our perception of objects; inviting contemplation of the interactions and effects of the objects we encounter.

My recent work utilizes slip-cast elements as integrated appendages of wheel thrown and hand built forms. Prototyping, mold-making and slip casting have become integral to my studio production and research, testing the limits of material compatibility while maintaining formal and utilitarian concerns. The specificity of a mold in my library provides a useful constraint to explore variation in form, surface, and material while producing a cohesive body of work. The limitations of a specific mold is generative, and leads to iterative prototyping and discovery and testing the limits of what is possible within those constraints.



2016-Present Studio Coordinator and Technician, LH Project, Joseph, Oregon.


2012 M.F.A. Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 2002 B.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.


Instructional Support Associate, Adjunct Faculty, School of Art, Brookhaven College, 
Dallas, Texas

2011 - 2012 Instructor of Record, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

2010 - 2011 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

2009 – 2010 Graduate Assistant, Kennedy Museum of Art and School of Art Galleries. 
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2003 - 2009 Ceramics Studio Coordinator, OSU Craft Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon


Pleasant Hill Pottery, Pleasant Hill, Oregon

2002-2003 Galeri Estudi, Barcelona, Spain


2017 Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Portland, Oregon. 2016 University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Waubonsee International Woodfire Conference, Sugar Grove, Illinois. 2015 Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. 2014 Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.

Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Thanksgiving Table: The Butter Dish, Clay AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
26th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.
Cup: The Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida.
A La Francese, Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project, Middletown, California.
Kiln to Kitchen, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
AMOCA Biennial: Fahrenheit 2018, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California.
Art of the Pot, Studio Tour + Sale, Invited Artist, Lisa Orr’s Studio, Austin, Texas.

Neoteric Ignition, (Curated by Jeff Forster), TEA+ART, Houston, Texas.
Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Seilers Studio, Zanesville, Ohio
Clay National XII: The Art of Utility, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado.
Featured Artist, Trackside Studio and Gallery, Spokane, Washington.
For Pitcher or Pourer, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Last Call 2, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, Tennessee.
Recent Works from the LH Project (Co-Curator), The Cleaners, Portland, Oregon.
Progression: 25 Years of Functional Form, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Heat Transfer, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.
Ashes In Flux, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newburg, Oregon.

Crafted: 2016, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Featured Artist, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph, Oregon (solo).
Presenters Exhibition, Arrowhead Gallery, Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Texas Clay Invitational, Collin County College, Plano, Texas.
Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, Tennessee.

Best of Texas Clay, Botanic Research Institute of Texas, Ft. Worth, Texas.
23rd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Faculty Projects 33, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas (solo).
Pour: Form + Function, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri.
Mad Hatters Teapot Show, Taos Clay, Taos, New Mexico.
Regional Ceramics Juried Exhibition, Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas.
Stoked, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

2014 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, MCCF, Zanesville, Ohio.American iPottery, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland.
CRAFTED: 2014, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Cup: The Intimate Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesvile, Florida. Paper | Plate, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas.
Craft Texas 2014, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.
Art We Use, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, Ohio.
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa.
National Juried Ceramics Exhibition, University of N. Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
8 Fluid Ounces, Glassell Gallery, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

21st Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Mug Shots, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Cup: The Intimate Object IX, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida.
CRAFTED:2013, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Starbrick National Cup Show, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, Ohio.

The Materiality of Time, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ohio University School of Art Gallery, 
Athens, Ohio (solo).
Containment: 2012 Ceramics National, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
Flashpoint: An International Woodfire Exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
20th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National. Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
5th Annual College Clay Collective, Firehouse Gallery, Genesee Center for the Arts, Rochester, New York.
Tea - Ceramics Exhibit, The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia.
8 Fluid Ounces, Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Interpreting the Cup, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina.
2011 National Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona.
19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Starbrick Clay National Cup Show, Starbrick Clay, Nelsonville, Ohio.
Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation, Red Lodge Juried National, Red Lodge, Montana.
National Student Juried Exhibition, 45th Annual NCECA Conference, Centre Gallery, 
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
National Ceramics Invitational, St. Francis University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
23rd Annual Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln California.
10th Annual National Juried Cup, Kent State Downtown Gallery, Kent, Ohio.


Purchase Award, “Kiln to Kitchen”, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Best in Show, “Pour”, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri.
Best Teapot, “Strictly Functional Pottery National”, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Third Place, “Best of Texas Clay”, Pottery and Sculpture Guild of Texas, Ft. Worth, Texas

Third Place Award, “Clemson Ceramics National”, Clemson University.

Studio Potter Graduate Award, “NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition”. Professional Activity Support Award, Ohio University, School of Art.

Purchase Award, 23rd Annual Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation.


‘Exposure”, Ceramics Monthly, November 2018.
The Potters Cast, guest September 11, 2018. (podcast)

‘Artists on Retreat’ Oregon Art Beat, OPB, Portland, OR, episode #1816, Television.

American iPottery, iBook, Editor: Kevin Hluch.

“Exposure”, Ceramics Monthly, November 2013.
500 Teapots: Volume 2, Lark Books, juried by Jim Lawton.
Wood Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, Schiffer Publishing, Editor: Amedeo Salamoni.

Merino, Anthony, “2011 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition: A Delicate Balance”
NCECA Journal 2011, Volume XXXII.

“Upfront”, Ceramics Monthly, December 2009.

500 Cups, Lark Books, Juried by Tom and Elaine Coleman.

Permanent Collections University of Northern Florida, School of Art and Design, Jacksonville, Florida. Rosenfeld Collection, Dallas, Texas.

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