James Ibur

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About James

James Ibur is a potter, ceramic sculptor, musician, Professor of Art and founder of the virtual art gallery, IburArts. He lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.  He has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally over his thirty plus year career.  He received an MFA from the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana and a BA from the University of Colorado/Boulder.


Ibur is a Professor of Art at St. Louis Community College-Meramec where he Coordinates the Ceramics Program and is Assistant Chair of the Department of Design, Fine and Performing Arts.

Artist Statement

I am interested in what the past can reveal about the future.  I create ceramic objects that look decayed, weathered and beaten up by time.


This work builds on the previous platform of decay but begins to refer to more singular vessel structures fabricated from a composition of many vessels.  As a result, there is a metaphorical macro/micro cellular/building block reference that, for me, suggests structures, chaos theory and mythologies that might bring some delight to our everyday world.