Jeremy R. Brooks was born in Detroit, MI in 1979. He is part of a generation or young makers that are redefining the way flat is used. His work moves beyond the traditions and material restraints of clay by incorporating a variety of materials, and dealing with larger thematic issues than those typically addressed by the ceramics community. At its best, his work combines conceptual vigor, technical skill and virtuosity, intellect and humor. After earning his MFA degree at Alfred, Brooks worked as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA from 2007-2008. He has since been awarded the title of Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education pf the Ceramic Arts for 2011, and by the periodical Ceramics Monthly in 2008. In 2010, he was honored as the USA Country Guest go Honor at the XXIst International Biennial of Vallarius, Magnelli / Ceramic Museum in Vallarius, France. Brooks exhibitions his work both nationally and internationally and currently works in his studio full time.
"There is a space that exists upon the tip of the tongue, a site of profound intrinsic curiosity. Taste aside, it is concerned with imminence and inaccessibility, language and memory. Sometimes the first word out of our mouth is hardly a word at all, but rather this inarticulate sound that is more closely related to what we would identify as gesture. Suspended, held at the cusp of verbalization, there is something there and you feel it strongly. It is a haunting moment, the structure of feeling. The investigation of such a quality, one that is more properly sensuous than cognitive in its scope and depth of inquiry, is one at the core of my work and studio practice."