Jay Kvapil USA, b. 1951

Jay Kvapil (USA, b. 1951) is a potter and educator based in California.  He has received recent solo exhibitions at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; Galerie Lefebrve & Fils, in Paris; and Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles.  His ceramics are currently on view in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.


Jay Kvapil graduated from University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA in 1973, and between 1974-75 studied tea ceremony ware at the Takatori Seizan Pottery in the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. After returning to the United States, he obtained his MA (1979) and MFA (1981) from San Jose State University, in California.  He taught at the University of Hawaii (1984), then moved to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1986, where for thirty-five years he had a studio practice and served a variety of roles, including Professor of Art (Ceramics) and Director of the School of Art.  His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1980) and Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). The artist lives and works in Long Beach and Sonoma.