South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Jim Lawton received a degree in Constructive Design (Ceramics & Metals) from Florida State University (1976) and an MFA (Ceramics) from Louisiana State University (1980). Lawton is Professor of Ceramics in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth. He serves on the board of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Awards include the National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowship, the South Carolina Artist Fellowship, and research grants from the Art Institute of Chicago, and UMass Dartmouth. He was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2011. Lawton’s work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; L.A. County Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, among others; and numerous private collections.