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Artist: Veronica Watkins


Veronica Watkins
Veronica Watkins, MISSOURI
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My work reflects a fascination with formal exploration and utilitarian objects. The wonder of pottery is that it has the potential to become the user’s companion each day. It is taken into the home, and into the hand of the user—a very personal space. The fired clay object is a record of a series of moments, movements and decisions, potentially permanently captured. There is a tactile, experiential connection between the maker and the user through the object. I am compelled to
make and persistently hold to the commitment that beautiful handmade objects impact our existence especially as our world becomes more virtual. I am aware of the influences both visually and conceptually of the Mingei craft movement and the teachings of the Bauhaus in regard to my work. My challenge is to consider the history of pottery and try to add something personal to it through my work.

Education:
1997-2000 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Masters of Fine Arts- Ceramics concentration
1992-1996 Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. Bachelor of Fine
Arts. Areas of concentration: ceramics, jewelry, fibers

Teaching Experience:
2019 Assistant Professor of Ceramics. Northwest Missouri State University. Ceramics all levels, drawing.
2018 Lecturer- Ceramics. Northwest Missouri State University. Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Ceramics Studio, Drawing, Art Appreciation.
2007-2018 Adjunct Instructor. Northwest Missouri State University. Art Appreciation, Drawing, Introduction to Design and Freshman Seminar (2010-2012), Beginning Ceramics (2016)
2006-2007 Adjunct Instructor. Peru State College. Art Appreciation, Pottery and Drawing
2002-2006 Adjunct Instructor. Northwest Missouri State University.
Introduction to Design, Art Appreciation, Survey of Art, Drawing and
Letterforms
2001-2003 Instructor. Southwestern Community College (Iowa). Art Appreciation Founder and Instructor. Summer Art Camp for Kids and After School Art Program. Red Oak, Iowa
1997-2000 Graduate Student Instructor. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Beginning and Intermediate Ceramics (wheel throwing).
1997 Art Instructor. Summer program. Arkansas Technical University,
Russellville Arkansas. Focus on creative problem solving in a variety of
media and disciplines to include art, music, dance, and theater

Professional Experience:
2019 Juror for Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2019, Missouri Western
State University, St. Joseph MO
March 2016 Curator of Collaborative Group exhibit. “North of 71” in conjunction with NCECA, Kansas City MO, included academic initiative funding.
Summer 2014 Hosted apprentice from Bellevue University, cone 3 soda research project
2001-2003 Member of the Iowa Arts Council’s Arts in Education Artist Roster
Member of Artist Cooperative Gallery. Omaha, Nebraska (2001-2005)
Worked and taught out of my own studio in Red Oak, IA. (2001-2005)
1999-2000 Curator of group exhibition at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau Missouri
President of Southern Clay Works student organization. Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale
1997-2000 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Ceramic Studio Technician
responsible for equipment maintenance, inventory, ordering supplies, restocking
of materials
1998 Construction of fiber lined Raku Kiln
1994-1996 Ceramic Studio Technician. Northwest Missouri State University.
Duties: general studio maintenance, restocking of materials, kiln firing and
repairs (gas updraft and electric)

Residencies:
2019 Upcoming- Belger Crane Yard Studio, Kansas City, Missouri
2018 Clay Studio at Missoula, Missoula Montana

Exhibitions:
2019 Over the Divide: Works for the Clay Studio of Missoula, Schmidt Artist Lofts,St. Paul MN (In conjunction with NCECA)
2018 Northwest Missouri State Faculty Invitational, UNO Weber Art Gallery,
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
River2River (Regional), The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Strike, Invitational, Kansas City Urban Potters, Kansas City MO
Contemporary Clay 2018, International Exhibit, Western Colorado Center for
the Arts, Grand Junction CO
Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2018, Missouri Western State
University, St. Joseph MO
2017 The Dooley Room, An Invitational Exhibit of Three Northwest Missouri
Ceramics Educators, St. Joseph MO
Essential Earth: Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne
PA
2016 Women in Ceramics Invitational, Gallery Zeke, Steelville, MO
North on 71: A Regional Collaborative Exhibition (I initiated and curated this
exhibit in conjunction with NCECA 2016), Kansas City MO
2015 Ozark Confluence Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Gallery Zeke, Steelville,MO
2014 7th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function (International), Juror Chandra
DeBuse, Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL
22 nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror Christa Assad,
Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA
Contemporary Raku Exhibition (Invitational), Whitaker Commons Gallery,
Hood College, Frederick, MD
2013 River2River (Regional), The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Women’s History Month Exhibition. Northwest Missouri State University,
Maryville, MO
2012 Faculty Exhibition, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
(Gap in exhibition record due to being a mom of three young children)
2006 Thirty-five Years of Ceramics: The Russell Schmaljohn Alumni Collection and
Exhibit, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2005 SIUC Alumni Exhibition, Paper, Rock, Scissors Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Faculty Exhibition, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
2004 A Dialogue With Clay, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
Divided Together, Lamp Fine Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2003 A Dialogue With Clay
Gallery 100-Lorimier Gallery, Cape Girardeau Missouri
St. Peters Community & Arts Center, St. Peters Missouri
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Faculty Exhibition, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
Signifiers, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2002 Summer Invitational, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
University of Evansville, University Library, invitational exhibit, Evansville,
IN
2001 9 th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft
Center, East Petersburg, PA
2000 MFA Exhibition, University Museum, Carbondale IL
8 th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft
Center, East Petersburg, PA
SIUC Graduate Students, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape
Girardeau, MO
The All Media 2000 International Juried Exhibition,
Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Viewpoint: Ceramics 2000, Grossmont College Hyde
Gallery, El Cajon, CA
1999 MFA preview show, University Museum at Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, IL
36 th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science,
Evansville, IN
7 th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft
Center, East Petersburg, PA
Works From the Midwest, Two-person exhibition, Douglass School Art
Place, Murphysboro, IL
1999 Purchase Awards, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1998 In a Box, University Museum at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,
IL
Group Ceramics Exhibition, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL

Demonstrations and Lectures Given:

2018 August. Surface, Glaze and Soda Firing Workshop. Community Arts Center, Wallingford PA
2013 November. Visiting artist- Sandpoint High School. Sandpoint, ID
October. Visiting artist- Kansas Artist Craftsman Association Conference.
Dodge City, KS
May. Bracker’s Good Earth Clays. Second Saturday visiting artist. Lawrence,
KS
2012 November. Northwest Missouri State University, ceramics program
2002 April. Touring Arts Team. Corydon, IA. Sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council
April. University of Evansville (Indiana), ceramics program
2001 Mayfest. Red Oak, IA
1999 Duquoin State Fair on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts (SIUC)
1998 Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, ceramics
program, November
1997 and 1998. College of Liberal Arts Fair


Gallery Representation:
2018-19 Gallery at Clay Studio at Missoula, Missoula MT

Travel:
2016 National Council on the Education of Ceramics Artists Conferences:
Kansas City, MO
2015 September, Iowa Clay Conference. Cedar Rapids, IA
2013-2014 National Council on the Education of Ceramics Artists Conferences: Houston,TX; Milwaukee, WI
2012&2010 Lawrence Arts Center Ceramics Symposium. Lawrence, KS
2011 September. Iowa Clay Conference. Cedar Rapids, IA
1998 –2002. National Council on the Education of Ceramics Artists Conferences:Kansas City, MO; Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO;
Columbus, OH; Fort Worth, TX
1994 28 day Art and Cultures tour of Italy and Sicily

Honors:
2019 Member of Artaxis
2016 Academic Initiative Funding for North on 71 Exhibit
2002. Heritage Foundation Grant. Red Oak, IA
1992. John M. Simpson Memorial Scholarship


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