1970 – 1973 B.F.A., Ceramics, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
1976 – 1977 Ceramics, Factory of Visual Arts, Seattle, WA
1978 – 1979 B.F.A., Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2006 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA 2005 Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2003 Hibberd/McGrath Gallery, Breckenridge, CO 2002 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000 Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2000 Hanson/Howard Gallery, Ashland, OR
2000 Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998 Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1997 Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1997 Hanson/Howard Gallery, Ashland, OR 1996 Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1995 Hanson/Howard Gallery, Ashland, OR
1994 Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1994 Maveety Gallery, Salishan, OR
1993 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1990 Maveety Gallery, Salishan, OR
1989 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1985 Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1983 Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
EXHIBITIONS, Juried, Invitational
2005 Connoisseurs of Clay: Collecting Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
2002 Vessel Invitational, Davidson Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
2002 Now in Residence, Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Spokane Collects: Contemporary Ceramics, Jundt Art Museum, Spokane, WA
1998 Connections, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MASS
1998 From and for the Sea, Edward Cain Gallery, Port Townsend, WA
1998 Best in contemporary Clay, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1996-97 Magic Mud Northwest Invitational: A Traveling Exhibit of Contemporary Ceramics
1996-97 Vases and Beyond, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1996-97 Fifteenth International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (Special Award)
1996-97 Crafts National 29, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State, University Park, PA
1995 Ceramics USA 1995, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX
1995 Wichita National 1995, Wichita, KS (Honorable Mention)
1995 Group Clay Exhibition in Honor of the Northwest Clay Symposium, Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1995 Year of American Craft, Maveety Gallery, Salisham, OR
1995 Recent Work by Gallery Artists, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992-93 Foster/White Ceramics Exhibition, Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, WA
1990 Fifth Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
1990 Contemporary Crafts, Graham Horstman Gallery, Denton, TX
1990 An Exhibition of Contemporary Northwest Art Using Animal Imagery, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA
1989 Clay and Clay Plus, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1989 Ninth Annual Northwest International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
1989 Clay ’89, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
1988 Clay and Canvas, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, OR
1987 Functional Abandon: Clay as Canvas, Safeco Insurance Co., Seattle, WA
1986 Four Person Show, Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1985 Animal Sculpture, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA
1984 American Ceramics National, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
1984 Clay 1984: National Survey Exhibition, Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA
1982/79/77 Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts, Bellevue, WA
1981/79/77 Annual Washington State painting and Sculpture Show, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA (cash award)
1980 Tacoma Art Museum Crafts, Tacoma, WA (cash award)
1980 Governor’s Invitational Art Exhibit Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA
1977 Seattle Ceramics, University of Portland Art Gallery, Portland, OR
1977 Marietta College Crafts Exhibition, Museum of History and Industry, Marietta, OH
1977 Northwest Crafts Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Wall mural installation, Capitol Hill Condominium, Seattle, WA Commissioned by residents
1989 Three clay tile wall murals (figurative imagery of Lewis and Clark’s travels), Lewis and Clark elementary School, Wenatchee, WA, Washington State Arts Commission
1988 Installation of single clay animal sculpture, Eatonville Elementary School, Eatonville, WA, Washington State Arts Commission
1978-79 Recipient of two grants from Ford Foundation
Postmodern paperist shares space with pastoral ceramicist, Judy Wagonfield, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 18, 2004, pg 21.
Portuguese Accents, by Sheila Farr, Seattle Times, Seattle, WA, February 2002.
Potters Wheel of Fortune, Feature, photo, by Karen Sandstrom, Arts and Living Section, Cleveland Plain Dealer, pages 1-E and 8-E, November 1997.
The Spirit of Clay, by Robert Piepenburg, Farmington Hills, Michigan: Pebble Press pages 86-87, 1996
“Making Vessels”, Ceramics Monthly, September, pages 63-64, 1995.
“Portfolio” section, photos, American Craft, August/September, Vol.55, No.4, page 61, 1995.
“Jim Kraft at Foster/White,” by Suzanne Carmichael, American Ceramics, January, Vol. 9, No. 4, page 50, 1992.
Photo, “Gallery” section, American Craft, August/September 1992.
Feature, “Up Front,” Ceramics Monthly, pages 10-12, December 1991
Photo, “Goings on,” Seattle Weekly, page23, July 10, 1991
Feature, “News and Retrospect,” Ceramics Monthly, page 66, December 1989.
Delta Airlines, Portland International Airport, Portland, OR
Gateway Associates, AT&T Gateway Tower, Seattle, WA
Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI
Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Region
Multnomah Arts Commission, Portland, OR
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum Logan, UT
Safeco Insurance Company, CA and AL
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
The Norman Company, Seattle, WA
Vulcan Inc., Seattle, WA
Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA
“The general aim of my work is to extract the great potential from the elements involved in ceramic art and bring those elements into my mind, heart, and hands to explore this mystery of man and material. My work is manifested principally in the vessel form. I believe the vessel is probably the purest sculptural form, but my attraction to it is visceral and spiritual, not conceptual or academic."
Jim Kraft received his BA in Ceramics from Northern Michigan University in Marquette in 1973. He earned his BFA in Ceramics in 1979 from the University of Washington. Kraft has been the recipient of two grants from the Ford Foundation and his work is included in public and private collections throughout the US.
Kraft's contemporary lattice-worked vessels resonate with Northwest basketry. In contrast to solid vessels of containment, the openness suggests an inside-outside exchange. The grid patterns hint at enclosures -- water wells, gates and fences -- at attempts to protect a core that cannot hide.