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JABBUR, MIKE
JABBUR, MIKE
VIRGINIA
“…in the long run there results something for which it is worth the trouble of living on this
earth as, for example, virtue, art, music, the dance, reason, the mind—something that
transfigures, something delicate, mad, or divine…”
–Friedrich Nietzsche

Fundamental to my production of utilitarian pottery is the forging of connections that simultaneously enrich lives and celebrate the positive aspects of humanity. My pottery is about these very entities: material, form, utility, interaction and experience; through the exploration of these entities, I intend to re-engage the user with the vessel.

Utilitarian pots are to be used—to be touched, held, filled, emptied, cleaned, and shared. These attributes define and direct my artistic pursuit.

Reveling in the expressive potential of clay’s materiality—its willingness to glisten and stretch, fold and fissure—I draw connections between the ceramic vessel and the human body to sanction a means of understanding, a postern to the familiar. The body is a wonderfully complex structure, limitless in opportunity for investigation from the micro to the macro, the corporeal to the conceptual. Dynamic movements expressed by the human body also inspire my sense of form; my pots bend and twist, wriggle and dance. Such gestures further the associative phenomenon regarding our means of understanding. Concurrently, these gestures—especially dance—recall the human act of celebration. A metaphorical connection is drawn between colloquial perceptions of human celebration and the metaphysical celebration that occurs when actively engaging in acts of eating and drinking.

I hope to enhance our breaks in the day—our moments of reflection, conversation and celebration. My pottery succors modest endeavors such as afternoon coffee or sharing in drink with a friend at the end of the day—activities that enrich human relationships.

EDUCATION
2008
M.F.A. Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2002
BA Graphic Design, Magna Cum Laude, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

STUDIO EXPERIENCE
2011-Present
Professor of Ceramics, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2008-2011
Studio Director, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2003-2005
Artist in Residence, Red Star Studios Ceramic Center, Kansas City, MO
2002-2003
Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech Ceramics Department, Blacksburg, VA

HONORS
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly 2011

SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS
2012
Featured Artist - Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Solo Exhibition - Andrews Gallery, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2011
Solo Exhibition – Andrews Gallery, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
42nd Annual Utility in Contemporary Ceramics – Crossman Gallery, U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
2011 (1st) China Kaolin Grand Prix – Art Gallery of Jingdezhen, Jingdezhen City, Jianxi Province, China
Winterfest 2011 - Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
nterpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent - Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Continuance: Work of Former and Current 16 Hands Apprentices – Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Damn Right I got the Blues - Mudfire Clayworks & Gallery, Decatur, GA
Decorum - Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Yunomi Invitational - AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Priority: an Exhibition of Teapots and Mokuhan - ga Prints - Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, HI
La Mesa – NCECA 2011, Tampa Bay, FL
Cafecito - NCECA 2011, Cafe Hey, Tampa, Fl
2010
International Ceramics Exhibition, Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair – Jingdezhen City, Jianxi Province, China
Inaugural Exhibition – Midwest Clay Project, Madison, WI
Liquid Measure – Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL
‘tis a gift…’, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Three Cups of Tea Invitational – Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
American Mug – University of Arkansas @ Monticello, Taylor Library Gallery, Monticello, AR
Featured Artist – Solo Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Correlations – Two-person Exhibition, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
La Mesa – NCECA 2010, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
8 Fluid Ounces – juror: Andy Shaw, LSU Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2009
‘tis a gift…’, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
Gallery All-Stars, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Paper & Clay II, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art, Pagosa Springs, CO
Ab•strac•tion, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
La Mesa – NCECA 2009, Wyndham Phoenix Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
Off The Grid, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008
Mugs & More, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
Sip, Slurp, Gulp, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Somatic Resonance –M.F.A. Solo Exhibition, Trisolini Gallery, Athens, OH
Infusion 10 x 10 – juror: Fong Choo, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Mad Hatter Tea Party, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Composite: Ohio University Faculty & Graduate Exhibition – NCECA 2008, Borelli-Edwards Galleries, Lawrenceville, PA
Four States Ceramic Exhibition – jurors: Bob Anderson & Shoji Satake – NCECA 2008, ZENCLAY Studio & Gallery, Morgantown, WV
8 Fluid Ounces – juror: Mikey Walsh, LSU Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
3rd Annual National Juried Cup Show – juror: Conner Burns, University of Arkansas @ Monticello, Taylor Library Gallery, Monticello, AR
Mixed-Media Invitational, Foothills Art Gallery, Nelsonville, OH
Ceramic Works By: Faculty & Students from Ohio University, University of Rio Grande, The Esther Allen Greer Museum Gallery, Rio Grande, OH
2007
Small Rays of Hope and Fragments of a Larger Idea – Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY
Pitcher This: A Invitational Ceramics Exhibition – juror: Stephen Robison, University of North Carolina @ Pembroke, The A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC
National Juried/Invitational Cup Show – juror: Deborah Sigel, Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA
2rd Annual National Juried Cup Show – juror: Matt Long – Awarded 2nd Place, University of Arkansas @ Monticello, Taylor Library Gallery, Monticello, AR
Red Star Studios @ Baker University, Baker University, Holt/Russell Gallery, Baldwin City, KS
Cup: The Intimate Object V – juror: Pete Pinnell, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
Ceramics Invitational 2007, Foothills Art Gallery, Nelsonville, OH
2006
Cup: The Intimate Object IV – juror: Linda Arbuckle, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
2005
Movin’ On – Two-person Exhibition, Red Star Studios Kansas City, MO
Vessels That Pour – juror: Conner Burns, Burns Pottery, Natchez, MS
The Natchez Invitational – juror: Conner Burns, Burns Pottery, Natchez, MS
Common Ground – a showcase of national ceramic artists-in-residence, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

PUBLICATIONS
2010-Present
accessCeramics.org – Online Ceramic Artist Database
2008-Present
Artaxis.org – Online Ceramic Artist Database
2011
Emerging Artist - Ceramics Monthly, May (p. 42)
2010
La Mesa Exhibition - Ceramics Art & Perception, December (review by Antoinette Badenhorst)
Studio Visit – Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August (p. 30-32)
Sippin’ Service – Pottery Making Illustrated – May/June (Cover, p. 23-27)
Making Art After Graduate School, essay by Mike Jabbur – Ceramics Monthly, March (p. 80)
2008
500 Platters, Plates & Chargers – Lark Books (p. 22)
2007
The MFA Factor – Ceramics Monthly, November (p. 58)
2006
Common Ground: A Showcase of National Ceramic Artists-in-Residence – Ceramics Monthly, January (p. 5, 34)

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The Great China Museum, Jingdezhen City, Jianxi Provence, China
Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, NM

JURY & CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
Texas Clay Festival – Juror, June 2011, Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX
Co-curator in exhibits at Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, including: Consonance, La Mesa (2009 and 2010), Bricks & Mortar: Inspired by Architecture, Decalcomania, Cups, Pouring Vessels, Gallery All-Stars, Curiosities, ab•strac•tion, 2009-2010
Common Ground – a showcase of national ceramic artists-in-residence, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, 2005

TEACHING (INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD)
2007
Art 221 – Introduction to Ceramics I (Hand Building), Ohio University, Athens, OH, Fall
Art 116 – Descriptive Drawing, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Spring
Art 117 – Drawing: System and Color, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Winter
2006
Art 222 – Introduction to Ceramics II (Wheel Throwing), Ohio University, Athens, OH, Winter & Fall

TEACHING (TA)
2008
Art 222 – Introduction to Ceramics II (Wheel Throwing), Ohio University, Athens, OH, Spring (Instructor of Record: Brad Schwieger)
2006
Art 321 – Intermediate Ceramics (Wheel Throwing), Ohio University, Athens, OH, Spring(Instructor or Record: Joe Bova)
2002-2003
Art 2544 – Introduction to Ceramics, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, June-May (Instructor of Record: David Crane)

WORKSHOPS
2011
2-Day Workshop, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, Scheduled: March
2-Day Workshop, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, January
2010
Porcelain Pots for Contemporary Culture, 2-Day Workshop, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO, April
2009
Advanced Glazing Techniques – 1-day workshop, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, May
2005
Advanced Thrown-and-Altered Forms – 1-day workshop, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

COMMUNITY CLASSES
2010
Pattern and Decoration – 7-week session, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Bowls – Advanced Wheel Throwing, 7-week session, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Pouring Pots – Advanced Wheel Throwing, 7-week session, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Lidded Pots – Advanced Wheel Throwing, 7-week session, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2009
Cups – Advanced Wheel Throwing, 7-week session, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Throwing & Altering – Advanced Wheel Throwing, 2 7-week sessions, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Functional Hand Building, 7-week class, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Hand Building & Sculpture, 7-week class, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2004-2005
Beginning Wheel Throwing – 2 10-week sessions, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2004
Wheel Throwing for the Blind – 4-week session, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

PROFICIENCY
Ceramics:
Wheel throwing, hand building, clay and glaze formulation, kiln building, kiln firing (gas, soda, wood, raku, pit, electric), plaster and clay molds, decals (silk screening and digital), health and safety monitoring, glaze spraying, sandblasting, tech work (basic welding, kiln maintenance, sink trap construction, potter's wheel maintenance, etc).

Computer/Design:
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Quark, Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, iWeb, Fetch, Digital Photography (slides)