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Josh DeWeese

 (20/21st century)
Josh DeWeese is active/lives in Montana.  Josh DeWeese is known for ceramics, teaching.

Josh DeWeese

Biography from the Archives of askART

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Artist Statement:
I am interested in how pots can be used every day to bring art into our lives, enhancing our experience with food, adorning our homes, and providing a necessary ritual to nourish our soul and mind as well as our bodies. I try to make pottery that is successful in several ways: comfortable to use, enjoyable to look at, and interesting to think about. I'm drawn to the beauty and mystery of high temperature ceramics and the element of chance that occurs in atmospheric firings. Wood firing and salt/soda firing are processes where extreme surfaces can be achieved, in the subtle qualities of raw clays and the vibrant depths of a running glaze. I strive to embrace these qualities in a thoughtful way for making pottery and in bringing the wonder of the natural environment to objects used in our daily lives.

I have developed a passion for painting with ceramic materials. I enjoy the phenomenon of the melt and the element of gravity that enters the image through running glaze. The loss of control is important, blurring the lines made with the hand, and introducing a sense of alchemy. The viscosity and movement of the glaze becomes an important element in the final image. I am interested in translating what I see in front of me, whatever it may be. Many of the drawings are sketches of my studio or the view out the window. Images of pottery in my studio often dance across the forms I am glazing. Virtually any view may serve as a still life to respond to. The drawings often disappear among the layers of information that become the final surface, creating a sense of depth and curiosity.

Perhaps pottery's greatest power lies in its association with the human body. The language of pottery is the language of the body, with necks and feet, bellies and shoulders, and lips to touch our lips. The intimate relationship that develops with use strengthens this association. A personality develops, and the pots become our friends. In this friendship they become reflections of our humanness, and help give meaning to our lives.

1991   New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York.  MFA
1985   Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.  BFA
1980-82   Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ceramics Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Resident Director, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Ceramics Faculty Affiliate, 2-D Foundations Instructor, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Children's Ceramics Instructor, pre-school and 5th-6th grade levels, Vermont State Craft Center, Frog Hollow, Middlebury, Vermont

Workshop Monitor, Jeff Oestreich workshop, Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

1988-89, 90    
Resident Artist & Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation

Co-Founder, The Studio, ceramic studio cooperative, Mendocino, CA

Co-Coordinator, Summer Ceramics Program, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California

Studio participant, State of California Regional Occupational Program-Pottery, Mendocino Art Center Mendocino, CA
Jean Griffith Fellowship, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
Residency Award, LH Project, Joseph, OR

Second Place, Form Follows Function, National Juried Exhibition, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL

Jurors Award, Porcelain 2000, National Juried Exhibition, Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY

Amaco Award, 7th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA
Garwin Family Foundation Award, Clay Cup VII, University Museum, SIU-Carbondale, IL

Zimmerman, Pfannebecker and Nufort Award Winner, 6th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA

Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award, Helena, MT
Award Winner, ANA 26, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Award Winner, 5th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, MHCC, Ephrata, PA
Award Winner, Feats of Clay X, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA

Award Winner, Studio Days Invitational '94, Chester Springs Studio, ?Chester Springs, PA                                                                   
Award Winner, Clay National, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Second Place, Great Lakes National, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Third Place, Anticipation 91, New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Summer Grant Recipient, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Holiday Exhibition, invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Wood-fired Ceramics, invitational, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT
Ho Ho Holter Holiday Exhibition, invitational, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Jeff Oestreich and Friends, invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Hand Held Drinking Vessels, invitational, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL
90 Teapots that Pour, invitational, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO
For the Table, invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Mastery in Clay, auction, invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA32nd Annual Art Auction, invitational, Custer County Art Center, Miles City, MT
Pitcher This!, invitational, The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
20th Holter Museum Annual Art Auction, invited guest, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Art Mobile of Montana, traveling educational exhibition, Montana (based in Dillon, MT)
Josh DeWeese: Ceramics, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction, invitational, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Resident Artist Benefit Live Auction, invitational, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Intimate and Individual: Cups, Tumblers, and Teabowls, invitational, Jenison-Meacham Art Center,  Belmond, IA
By Design: A Place at the Table, group invitational, Custer County Art Center, Miles City, MT
Summer Faculty Exhibition, invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Opposites Attract, group invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Whiskey Set Invitational, NCECA Conference, Louisville, KY
National Ceramic Invitational, Cerlan Art Gallery, Lexington, KY
Cups Coming Together, invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Spring Into Art, invitational auction, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Josh DeWeese & Rosalie Wynkoop Farewell Exhibition, Archie Bray North Gallery, Helena, MT
Contemporary Art 35: MAM's 35th Annual Benefit Art Auction, juried exhibition, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Dinnerware Commission, invitational, for American Craft Council Members Dinner, the home of Sara and David Leiberman, Paradise Valley, AZ


Biography from Missoula Art Museum (Annual Benefit Auction)
Josh DeWeese is an Associate Professor of Art at Montana State University.  He served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992 to 2006.  He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.  DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Biography from Missoula Art Museum
Josh DeWeese was born and raised in Bozeman. He earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred.

DeWeese served as resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation* from 1992 - 2006.

He is the recipient of a Montana State Individual Artist Fellowship and his work is included in many public and private collections.

 DeWeese most recently was featured in MAM's 2011 Persistence in Clay exhibition.

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