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Sunday, April 16th, 2006
James Watkins Leads Ceramic Workshop May 2006
Contact:          Pam Fulcher Rockport Center for the Arts 361-729-5519 April 16, 2006

For Immediate Release.




Rockport, TX -- Internationally renowned ceramic artist James C. Watkins returns to Rockport May 19 – 21 to lead a workshop on “Alternative Firing Methods” at the Rockport Center of the Arts.  Watson will present information and demonstrations on Raku, Fuming, Closed Container Sagger, and Aluminum Foil Sagger. This is a great opportunity to work closely with Mr. Watkins as the workshop will be limited to 20.  The cost of the three-day workshop is $250 for Art Center members and $280 for non-members. A full professor and assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Watkins received his B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from Indiana University.  He is the recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Watkins is the co-author of two books, “Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques” published by Lark Books and “Architectural Delineation, Presentation Techniques and Projects” published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.  His work is also the subject of a book entitled “A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins” by Kippra D. Hopper.

Watkins is noted for his inspirational raikued, double wall constructed pottery. 

His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Japan.  He has just returned from a semester long Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Vietnam, where he was involved in the creation of a ceramic program at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture.


A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expression and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike.    For more information on upcoming exhibitions and art classes, please call 361-729-5519.