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James Breed

James Breed

(b.1980) lives in Knoxville in Knox County
Tractor Trailer, 2010
glass, 10 x 6.5 x 34 inches, 2015.65.35

Breed attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a B.F.A. in craft/material studies. He learned glass blowing, torch working, and casting glass under Rick Schneider, Emilio Santini, and Jack Wax. In 2002, he received the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Student Fellowship. Then, in 2010 he received a professional development grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. He currently resides in Knoxville where his work has included a full-time assistant position for glass artist Richard Jolley. His work is represented in several of the South Eastern states and ranges from free-form sculpted vehicles to hot sculpted and assembled landscapes.

I am in practice a thoughtful observer…our current way of life is totally and unequivocally dependent on vehicles. The work I am making is narrative, symbolic, and representative of this vehicular world. – Breed