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Jim Whalen

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

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

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

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: 

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

City of Mesa, Mesa, Arizona

Rocky Mount Art Museum, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

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

 

Artist's Studio: Paradox Pottery

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
Vessel
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 8, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/whalen