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Paul S. Briggs

Biography to Display: 


1986 BS Education/Ceramics, The City College of New York, New York, New York

1991 MA Biblical/Rabbinic Literature, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1992 MS Art Education/Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

1995 PhD Art Education/Educational Theory and Policy, Pennsylvania State University, College Station, Pennsylvania

2016 MFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts


1995, 1996 Chair, Art Education, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

1996-2000 Faculty, Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1999-2001 Faculty, Education, Harvard University, Ceramics Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2004-2014 Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills, New York

2014-2016 Adjunct Professor of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts

2016—Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota


Paul Briggs creates functional and non-functional work. His vessels are stoneware, hand-built, using slabs and coils, then fired in an oxidation atmosphere. The majority of his sculptures are ceramic; others are mixed media incorporating felt and plywood as well as fired clay.

Briggs has an extensive background in spiritual leadership, in addition to art education and ceramics.

His inspirational sources include nature and the reinterpretation of classical forms.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Wellesley College Multifaith Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley Massachusetts


Bibliography to Display: 

Briggs, Paul S. “Art Education Through Ceramics: From Clay to Culture.” The Studio Potter 29, no.1 (December 2000).

___________. “Concerning the Religious in Art Education” In Contemporary Issues in Art Education. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentiss Hall, 2001.




Typical Marks
Calyx Crater
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Pinched, Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 30, 2023.