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Jake was “borned and raised” in the mountains of Appalachia where he spent most of his time traipsing around the hills looking for wild things. After some time he left his old Kentucky home and moved to O’ahu, Hawai’i where he is currently a lecturer at The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Jake is an avid traveler and has curiously ventured around the globe researching and studying various ceramic traditions in hopes to distill that information into his art practice. When he is not traveling or making art he enjoys long hikes in secluded places and tending to his plants in the garde

My work is a reflection of my curiosities, a synthesis of past and present. My process distills topics from the arts, sciences, and humanities, breaks them down into a visual language and imbues these signs onto the surface of volumetric forms. Ceramic artifacts are commonly used to identify past cultures, dating back many thousands of years. After time and the elements erased these ancient peoples, the ceramic remained unchanged. Without the lasting quality of ceramic, humanity would have lost much of its ancestral knowledge. I am drawn to the idea that my work will out live my own body, my family, my culture, and that the art, in the far distant future, will serve as a reminder of this time and place.  

2018    "51st Annual Statewide Exhibition", Hawaii Craftsmen, Linekona School, Hon. HI

2018    "Hawaii Contemporary Art Show" East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, HI

2018    "Ceramics National", Southern Miss. University, Hattiesburg, MS

2018     40th Annual "Commitment to Excellence" Exhibition, Hawai’i Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu, HI

2018     "Out of the Mold", Clay National XIII, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2018     "Serve It Up", Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2018     "delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining, 4th Biennial", Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

2018     "Pots for Membership", Featured Artist, Studio Potter Magazine 

2018     "Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2018", Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2017     "The Art of Utility", Clay National XII, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2017     "First Annual  Mug Show", Dog’s Eye Gallery, San Marcos TX

2017     "Last Call II", Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2017     "Ceramics of Hawai’i", Honolulu Museum of Art, Linekona School, Honolulu, HI

2016    "Great American Mug Show”, Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2014     36th Annual "Commitment to Excellence" Exhibition, Hawai’i Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu, HI

2014    "Shapes of Influence", Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL 

2014     "Raku Ho’olaule’a", Hawai’i Craftsmen, Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI

2013      8th Annual University Open, Lexarts Art Center, Lexington, KY 

2009    Juried Student Exhibition (2009-2013), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

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