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Clayton Keyes




2018 Workshop - Rendering the Human Form with Clayton Keyes - June 25-29, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2017 Demonstrator - Michigan Mud Conference - Albion, MI

Lecture - Rovin Ceramics - Ann Arbor, MI

Workshop - Henry Ford College - Dearborn, MI

Clay Arts Vegas, 2-day workshop, Las Vegas, NV

University of Nebraska, Kearney, 2-day workshop, Kearney, NE

Pentaculum, Invited Artist, Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN

2016 Sierra Nevada College Summer Workshop Series, Incline Village, NV

2015 Hawai'i Potters Guild workshop, Honolul, HI

Featured Demonstrator 27th Annual CCACA, Davis , CA

2013 Juror, Modern Chair Competition, Mod a Gogo, SLC, UT

Featured Artist Demonstrator & Lecturer, 25th Annual CCACA, Davis, CA

Guest Lecturer, CSU Chico, Chico, CA

Building the Human Figure with Slabs, weekend workshop, Sierra Nevada College Summer Workshop Series, Incline Village, NV

Heads and Hands - 2 day workshop, The Wedge  Ceramics Studio, Reno, NV

Visiting Artist Lecturer & Workshop, Skyline College, San Francisco, CA 

2012Visiting Artist Lecturer & Workshop, David hall, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV 

Visiting Artist Lecturer & Workshop, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Univ. of Nevada, Reno School of Art, Reno, NV

Sculpting the Figure in Clay -Workshop - Norick Art Center, Oklahoma City University, OKC, OK 

Featured Artist Demonstration - Philbrook Museum of Art -mix party, Young Masters Society, Tulsa, OK 

2011 The Figure in Clay - 6 week workshop - Waterworks Art Center, Tulsa, OK

2010 Assistant to Esther Shimazu, Santa Fe, NM 

Assistant to Cristina Cordova, Penland, NC

2008 Internship to Beth Cavener, Garfield, WA


Selected Exhibitions

2018 Figurative Condition - Collins Gallery, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

2017 Figurative Condition - Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford College - Dearborn, MI

Michigan Mud Demonstrator Exhibition - Albion College, Albion, MI

Heads Up - Manheim Gallery - Cottonwood, AZ

Heads and Tails Clay Arts Vegas - Solo Show - Las Vegas, NV

Epics, Myths, & Fables - Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT - curated by Russell Wrankle

2016 Freak Show - Red Lodge Clay Center - Red Lodge, MT - curated by Wesley Harvey 

NCECA Strictly Figurative - Invitational -MCC Penn Valley - Kansas City, MO - curated by Bernadette Torres

TU Core Connections: University of Tulsa Alumni Ceramics Program Exhibition - Tulsa, OK - Living Arts Tulsa

Profit Margin - Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville, FL - curated by Derek Reeverts

2015 Body Norms: selections from the Spong Collection - Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo St., NY

Fabulous Figures - Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV - juror: Mark Burns, John Gregg, Peter Jakubowski

Tranforming Hate - Myers Gallery, Living Arts Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2013 30 Ceramic Sculptors - John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

1st Annual Figurative Invitational - Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

Beginning to End - three person show- Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Conjuring the Conjugal - Journeys Through the (Un)imagined -solo show- MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Small Favors IV - Invitational -  The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

NCECA - Invitational - Push Play - Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA - curator: Linda Ganstrom 

2011 Material Mastery   KACA - Eppink Gallery, Emporia State Univ, Emporia, KS - juror: Elaine O. Henry

New and Familiar Faces - Featured Artist - MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

National Contemporary Realism Show - MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

University of Tulsa MFA Thesis Exhibition - Omens and Prodigies - Myers Gallery, Living Arts, Tulsa, OK

Figurines - National Invitational -Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM 

Figuration - Invitational - The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Un-Wedged Contemporary Ceramic Work - Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA - juror: Andy Nasisse

RedHeat National Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition -Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK - juror: Adrian Arleo

7th Annual MBK Graduate Student Exhibition-The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA - juror: Marge Brown


42nd Annual Gussman Student Exhibition- Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK - juror: David Mesple

44th Annual Nat'l Drawing & Small Sculpture Show- Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX - juror: Ron Koehler

2nd annual beyond the brickyard- archie bray foundation, helena, mt - juror:wayne higby

2009 41st Annual Gussman Student Exhibition- Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK - juror: Laura Kina

2008 Momentum- Living Arts Gallery, Tulsa, OK - juror: Sunni Mercer



2011 MFA Ceramics, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 

2000 BFA 3-Dimensional Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

1998 AA ART, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, OK


University Teaching Experience

Chair of the Art Department - Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT - 2016-2019

Area Head - Ceramics Program, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT - start date - Fall 2013

Letter of Appointment -  Fall 2012 - Summer 2013, Professor of Ceramics, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

2011 Figurative Sculpture for the Clay Artist - 8 wk course Continuing Education - University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK


College Courses Taught

Ceramics 1

Ceramic Sculpture

Intermediate Ceramics: the Ceramic Surface

Advanced Ceramics

Figure Sculpture

Narrative Wall Mural - sculptural high relief wall sculpture 

Senior Seminar

The Head in Clay - mayterm

Glaze Chemistry - mayterm



2018 W M Keck Foundation Grant - S.A.L.T. Summer Research

2017 W M Keck Foundation Grant - S.A.L.T Summer Research

2015 Best of Show, Fabulous Figures - Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2011 3rd place, graduate, 43rd Annual Gussman Student Exhibition, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2010 Juror's Choice, Un-Wedged 1st Annual Ceramic Competition and Art Show, Seattle, WA

        Alpha Rho Tau Scholarship, given annually by the Alpha Rho Tau artist group, Tulsa, OK

        Compelling Narrative Award, Red Heat Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Tulsa, OK 

        First prize, 7th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

        Best of Show, 42nd Annual Gussman Student Exhibition, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

        Thomas Manhart Award for Excellence in Ceramics, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

        Assistantship Scholarship, Penland school of craft, Penland, NC

        Graduate Assistantship, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

 2009 Best of Show, 41st Annual Gussman Student Exhibition, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

        Jerry Jones Advanced Research Award, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

         Graduate Assistantship, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 

2008 Graduate Assistantship, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 

2000 Juror’s Choice Award, Outart, IAO gallery, Oklahoma City, OK



NCECA Journal, Vol. 39, pg. 135, 2018

Ceramic Sculpture Making Faces,  Lark Books, Alex Irvine, pg. 104, 2014

500 Figures, VOl. 2 Lark Books, Juror: Nan Smith, 2014

"Silhouettes" Randi O'Brien, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, November 2013 (text)

"25th Annual CCACA 2013: The Ceramic Sculpture Conference" Exhibition Catalogue, John Natsoulas Gallery, April, 2013

“Ceramic Cycle: Figurative imagery of Christine Golden, Clayton Keyes, and Aisha Harrison” Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo Magazine, pgs. 52-53, December 14. 2012

“PushPlay: The 2012 NCECA Invitational” Exhibition Catalogue, Linda Ganstrom & Stefano Catalani, pgs. 32-33(text/image) 

“Eye-Popping Ceramic Art at BAM, the Henry and Beyond” Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times,March 4, 2012, Seattle, WA (text)

“Figuration at the Clay Studio Exhibition Review” Colette Copeland, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 87, 2012 (text/image)

“DARK CHILDHOOD Push Play: The 2012 NCECA Invitational” Matthew Kangas,  Ceramics Monthly Magazine, April 2012 (text/image)

“Graduation Invitation” Libby Williams, Urban Tulsa Weekly, p.33, March 31, 2011, Tulsa, OK (text/image)

“Reinterpreting Childhood” Jen Hopper, Tulsa People Magazine, April 2012 (text)

“Beyond the Brickyard, 2nd Annual National Juried Exhibition” Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, catalog (text/image)

“Report from the NCECA Conference” Myra Block Kaiser, Brady Craft Alliance Blog,,  p. 4, April 2012 (text/image)

"Artist Interview: Joshua Meier." Eileen Rafferty, In Butterflies and Anvils: a Photographic Journal about Inspiration and Art  issue 4, Fall: 2011, pg 10-43.

“TAC’s Tulsa Taboo: More than Naughty Bits”  Janice McCormick,  OVAC Blog,, July 12, 2012 (text/image)





My work stems from a lifetime spent exploring the human form. This provides for my fascination with it as subject. I investigate the human figure in order to trigger emotional responses in the viewer: Ultimately, my pursuit of exploring and portraying the emotions elicited by strife and oppression come from an urge to impress upon the viewer the experiences of the oppressed and to draw from them empathy for such. The duality of my feelings about humanity are mirrored in my treatment of the form. Just as I strive to imbue figures with narratives and emotions that may be difficult to confront, I equally endeavor to make the rendering of the figure visually stimulating and even alluring. This effect of simultaneous attraction and repulsion, causes mixed emotions towards my work. My wish is for the viewer to be confronted with and experience this conflict, as it is this conflict that allows me to indelibly affect them.

Associated Exhibitions
Clayton Keyes and Jonathan Sobol
June 27 - August 1, 2019
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Annual Holiday Show
A Group Show of Gallery Artists - Paintings | Sculpture | Fine Craft
November 29 - December 24, 2018
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