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James C. Watkins: Reflections Made of Memories
On view through March 19, 2023
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, Texas

James C. Watkins (b. 1951) is a ceramicist living in Lubbock, Texas. His career in the arts spans over 40 years. He is well-known for his unique and pioneering firing techniques and his mastery of building large double-walled vessels. His ceramic pieces are inspired by his experiences growing up in the rural south where he assisted his mother and grandmother in their cleaning and food-making endeavors by keeping the fire burning under their cast-iron pots. Lubbock’s agricultural industries, particularly in cotton growing, also inspire Watkins.

[Image: James Watkins, Bottle Form. Stoneware wrapped in baling wire, gold luster, fumed with stannous chloride, and etched with a glass etching solution. Image courtesy of the artist.]