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Mike Jabbur

Assistant Professor

email: [[msjabbur]]
Phone: 757-221-7945

Artist's Statement

"...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.


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

Studio Experience

· Assistant Professor of Ceramics, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA - August 2011-Present
· Studio Director, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM - June 2008-July 2011
· Teaching Associate, Ohio University, Athens, OH – August 2005-June 2008
· Artist in Residence, Red Star Studios Ceramic Center, Kansas City, MO - 2003-July 2005
· Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech Ceramics Department, Blacksburg, VA - June 2002-May 2003


Phi Beta Kappa Society
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly 2011

Selected Exhibitions

· Functional Ceramics Exhibition – Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

· Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle – Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY

· La Mesa – NCECA National Ceramics Conference (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

· Contemporary Clay Invitational – J Fergeson Gallery, Farmville, VA

· (19th) San Angelo National Ceramic Competition – jurors: Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio

  San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX – 3rd Place

· Featured Artist – Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

· The Tea Table – Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA

· Yunomi Invitational (2011 & 2012) – AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

· 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

· Interpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent – Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

· Priority: an Exhibition of Teapots and Mokuhan-ga Prints – Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, HI

· International Ceramics Exhibition, Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair – Jingdezhen City, Jianxi Province, China

· 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

· Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA

· Paper & Clay II, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art, Pagosa Springs, CO

· Ab·strac·tion, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

· Off The Grid, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

· Mugs & More, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

· Infusion 10 x 10 – juror: Fong Choo, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

· Mad Hatter Tea Party, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

· 8 Fluid Ounces – juror: Mikey Walsh, LSU Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

· Small Rays of Hope and Fragments of a Larger Idea – Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY

· 2rd Annual National Juried Cup Show – juror: Matt Long – Awarded 2nd Place, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR

· Cup: The Intimate Object V – juror: Pete Pinnell, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN

Private Collections

· San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

· The Great China Museum, Jingdezhen City, Jianxi Province, China

· Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, NM


· DVD (instructional) – Ceramic Arts Daily, Title TBD, Currently in post-production

· iPotters (interactive app) – digital publication by Kevin Hulch, Currently in production

· 500 Teapots, vol. 2 – Lark Books, (scheduled publication: August 2013)    

· Emerging Artist – Ceramics Monthly, May 2011 (p. 42)

· La Mesa Exhibition – Ceramics Art & Perception, December 2010 (review by Antoinette Badenhorst)

· Studio Visit – Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2010 (p. 30-32)

· Sippin’ Service – Pottery Making Illustrated – May/June 2010 (Cover, p. 23-27)

· Making Art After Graduate School, essay by Mike Jabbur – Ceramics Monthly, March 2010 (p. 80)

· 500 Platters, Plates & Chargers – Lark Books, 2008 (p. 22)

· The MFA Factor – Ceramics Monthly, November 2007 (p. 58)

· Common Ground: A Showcase of National Ceramic Artists-in-Residence – Ceramics Monthly, January 2006 (p. 5, 34)

· American Craft  – Online Article: http://www.americancraftmag.org/calendar-item.php?id=12096

· Artaxis.org – Online Ceramic Artist Database, 2008-Present

· accessCeramics.org – Online Ceramic Artist Database, 2010-Present


ART 327 Ceramics: Handbuilding
ART 328 Ceramics: Throwing
ART 416 Advanced Ceramics
ART 443-04 Advanced Independent Study Ceramics