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Jim Whalen

Biography to Display: 


1970 BFA Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina


1971 Paradox Pottery

Teacher, Charlotte, North Carolina


Jim Whalen is known for his use of unrefined yellow clay for his wheel thrown open vessel and covered jar forms. Before firing the pots are burnished and coated with terra sigillata. 

Whalen explains his firing method:, “I invented the ‘Paradox Process’ back around 2000. It involves combining 2 firing processes on a pot, a low temp salt firing followed by a sawdust firing. The effects of each firing are separated into distinct areas by wax resist creating definition to the patterns without losing the vitality of chaos.”

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

City of Mesa, Mesa, Arizona

Rocky Mount Art Museum, Rocky Mount, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

Whalen, Susan and Jim Whalen. "Collaborative Throwing". Ceramics Monthly 44, no. 2 (February 1996).


Artist's Studio: Paradox Pottery



Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Burnished, Glaze, Wax Resist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 10, 2023.