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Jim Brashear: Ceramics opens with artist's reception Tuesday, Oct. 20

Posted October 6, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - An exhibit of pots by Alaskan ceramist Jim Brashear opens Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 7:30 p.m. artist's reception in Northwest Gallery on the Northwest College campus.

"Jim Brashear: Ceramics" features current work by the artist, who has experimented most recently with forms and surfaces that are enhanced by the wood fire process. Brashear said he chooses to build pots primarily because "the vessel is timeless and universal."

His pots have been exhibited in 23 states from Alaska to Texas and California to Connecticut, most prominently in the permanent collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pa. Brashear has been featured in several ceramics journals and magazines, and photos of his work have been displayed on nationally distributed posters. He's won numerous national awards and received several grants, including an innovative teaching grant for kiln-building.

Brashear has taught art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1997. He holds a master's degree from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

"Jim Brashear: Ceramics" is displayed at Northwest Gallery through Friday, Nov. 13. Located in the Cabre Building, the gallery is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free.