Jay Kvapil USA, b. 1951

Jay Kvapil  is a potter and educator based in California who 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, California. Kvapil taught at the University of Hawaii (1984), then moved to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1986, where he served a variety of roles, including Professor of Art (Ceramics), Director of the School of Art and Interim Dean of the College of the Arts.   
"I have stuck to this tense conversation between the forms and their surfaces, but have pushed the surfaces almost to the edge, testing the limits of what constitutes good taste"