My current work is within the parameters of functional ware. I employ the ideas of the Gestaltist to arrange and rearrange the vocabulary of formal elements I have developed over the years. I view my forms and textures as a bit of a scrabble game, arrangement and order create meaning, the possibilities are infinite. The only trick to the game is spelling out the concept of utility. Once this is achieved, I use the object for experimentation in the finished surface through firing. My work is always a record of where I’m at in time and an expression of living life as an adventure!
Jake Allee holds an Associate Degree in Art from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa Iowa, a BFA from The University of Iowa, and an MFA from the University of North Texas. During his academic carrier he has participated in study abroad programs in Italy at the International School of Graphic Arts in Venice Italy, and The University of the Andes in Venezuela. Other highlights include attending Utah State University as a special student in the ceramics program in 1999, travel abroad to Belgium, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama.
During graduate school Jake worked as an art handler serving all the major art galleries and museums in the Dallas Fort Worth area and participated in the construction of the firing facilities at the St. Petersburg Clay Company in Florida. Upon completion of his formal education Jake served 9 months as a studio assistant to Don Reitz and was a summer assistant in the Ceramics program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Jake has taught at Yavapai Community College in Clarkdale Arizona, McLennan Community College in Waco Texas, and currently teaches full time at Tyler Junior College in Tyler Texas. His work has been published in Clay Times Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, and The Best of Artists book series by Kennedy Publishing. Jakes work is represented in the permanent collections of The Northern Arizona Tozan Ceramics Collection, The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, The Las Cruses Museum of Art, and the FLICAM Museum in Fuping China.