Invited by Shawn Spangler
OC: Where is your current studio (city, state)?
JB: I currently live and work in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
OC: How long have you been working in clay?
JB: I have been working academically in clay since 2010 and playing in mud since birth.
OC: Can you share a bit about your education or background?
JB: I was raised in a small coal mining town in eastern Kentucky where there wasn’t much to do except explore the mountains, fish, and build tree-houses. I think this upbringing in a slightly restricted environment allowed me to expand my imagination and creative capacity. I later attended Eastern Kentucky University where I hoped to go into wildlife management. After a freak experience in the mountains I changed my major to ceramics, dedicated myself to clay, and earned a BFA. I went directly into graduate school at The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where I pursued various expressions of my passion of clay and the environment.
OC: What song/musician is a current go-to for studio tunes?
JB: My most recent go-to is John Grant of The Czars. He has an honest and dark sense of humor coupled with solid vocals, lyrics and composition.
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