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Josh DeWeese

Biography to Display: 

1963 Born Bozeman, Montana

EDUCATION

1985 BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1991 MFA  New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1985–1987 R.O.P. Program, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California

1988 Resident Artist, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1992–2006 Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2007— Associate Professor of Ceramics, Ceramics Area Head, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

 

Josh DeWeese is known for his wheel thrown and hand altered pottery. From smaller functional forms to large storage jars and baskets: DeWeese primarily fires his work in wood kilns and at times uses salt, soda, and local clays to enhance the finished surfaces. DeWeese says about his process: “I have a passion for painting with ceramic materials on a three-dimensional form, and having the rhythm of the pattern unfold as it moves around the pot. I enjoy the phenomenon of the melt and the quality of color and depth that develops through the glaze. The loss of control is important, blurring the initial pattern made with the hand. The viscosity, depth, and movement of the glaze are important elements in the final surface.”

The son of the artists, DeWeese was raised in an artistic home, this upbringing laid the foundation for his life as a ceramic artist. Both during undergraduate and graduate studies, DeWeese was able to hone his craft under artists: Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu, George Timock, and Clary Illian (Kansas City Art Institute), and; Val Cushing, Wayne Higby, John and Andrea Gill, Anne Currier, Tony Hepburn, and Jeff Oestreich (Alfred University). A ceramic artist and educator, DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally.

Together with artist Dean Adams he has co-founded the International Wild Clay Research Project (http://art.montana.edu/areas-of-study/ceramics/wild-clay-project/) which led to study of indigenous ceramic materials and processes around the world, travelling to China, Korea, Chile, Italy, Japan and Thailand.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Grazia Ceramic Factory Museum, Deruta, Italy

Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia

Icheon Museum of Ceramic Art, Icheon, South Korea

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

LH Project, Joseph, Oregon

Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana

Mansfield Center, Washington, DC

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

rosenfieldcollection.com

Schein Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

3-M Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

 

Website: www.joshdeweese.com

 

Typical Marks
2010
2014
ca 2017
Platter with Handles
Date: 2010
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Cruet
Date: 2014
Form: Soy Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Mug
Date: ca 2017
Form: Mug
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Plate
Date: ca 2017
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Basket
Form: Basket
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 27, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/deweese