Jeremy R. Brooks was born in Detroit, MI in 1979. He received his BFA from Grand Valley State University & MFA from Alfred University. Jeremy has balanced his career between working as an artist & teaching. Some of his honors include receiving the emerging artist award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), being selected as a guest of honor at the XXIst International Biennial of Vallauris, France, & being selected as a finalist for the 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Jeremy is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Coastal Carolina University and resides in Conway, SC.
"For the past five years a portion of my research has fixated around a unique blend of clay materials that possess qualities of elasticity rather than qualities of plasticity traditionally found in common clay recipes. To put it plainly, it behaves more like rubber than clay, and sets up very quickly once the components are measured and mixed. Within this short working window, I extrude it into long coils or roll it into paper thin slabs. Once the material has set, it is not brittle like greenware, but instead very stretchy and elastic. A coil made of this clay can easily be tied into a tight knot. This method may be used to join different pieces together, or the clay can be crocheted, knitted, or woven into more dynamic forms." - Artist Statement