Blair Ward Doubet
Ward Doubet has been professionally focused on craftsmanship in the visual arts for over thirty years. After completing undergraduate majors in art and philosophy, he operated Wataga Stoneware, producing and marketing high-fired functional pottery for two years. He completed the MFA degree in ceramics at the University of Oregon in 1982. After teaching at Carl Sandburg College 1983-84, he studied modern art history and contemporary art theory, and taught the history of art and history of ceramics from 1984-86 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Doubet taught ceramics, design and art history at North Dakota State University from 1986-90, where he was coordinator for art and served as interim chairperson for the Department of Music and Art during 1989-90. He came to Tennessee Tech's Appalachian Center for Crafts in 1990, where he served as director until July 2002. He began as Professor of Art for Foundations on TTU's main campus in fall 2002, where he teaches drawing and basic design.
Doubet has exhibited ceramic sculpture both nationally and internationally, most recently at The Pottery Workshop in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, and his work has been reviewed in ArtPapers and The New Art Examiner. He has published numerous articles in American Craft, American Ceramics, the New Art Examiner, and other art journals, and has lectured in China, Canada and across the U.S. He has served as a juror on grantsmaking panels for the Pew Charitable Trust, five state arts councils, and numerous regional organizations. He has juried exhibitions for the Artisans Center of Virginia, the Nashville Metro Arts Gallery, and the Chicago Center for Ceramic Art, among others, and has served on many juries for national and regional craft fairs.
While director of the Appalachian Center for Craft, Doubet rewrote and integrated the BFA curriculum with the main campus art program, re-established a full-time permanent faculty, led the three-fold increase of student enrollment, and led the expansion of workshop, gallery and outreach programs. He served the key role in uniting craft center, university and public constituencies behind the commitment to quality programs that has overcome fiscal threats and established the Craft Center's stability and growth. He also played a pivotal role in the improvement of the facilities and programs of the Joan Derryberry Gallery on the main campus, and developing the Bacchanal Endowed Scholarships for BFA students.
Since 2002, Doubet has concentrated on designing an art foundations curriculum at TTU that provides a sound core of skills for design, creative process, concept development and expressive visual communication. He also maintains a personal studio where he makes ceramic sculpture, drawings and mixed media works.