Bachelor of Science Degree at Truman University 1969 Master of Fine Arts Degree from Alfred University 1971
One-Man, Group and Competitive Shows
The American Hand, Washington, D.C. Functional Ceramics, Wooster, Ohio Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana Wichita National Crafts National National Teapot Invitational Cedar Creek Gallery Invitational National Pitcher Invitational, West Virginia University University of Central Florida Invitational Complex Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee And many others
Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, Florida Las Olas Boulevard Art Festival, For Lauderdale, Florida Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, Florida Ringling Museum Art Festival, Sarasota, Florida Ormond Beach Art Festival, Ormond Beach, Florida Gasparilla Art Festival, Tampa, Florida Deland Art Festival, Deland, Florida Virginia Beach Art Festival, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Selected in 1976 to be included in Smithsonian Museum Collection of American Crafts (this was done in conjunction with the bicentennial) plus other collections around the United States.
One of six potters from around the world profiled in The Professional Potter by Thomas Shafer, Watson Guptill, 1978
Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida University of Central Florida (Started the department in 1972 and taught until 1979.
Workshops and Seminars
Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio Miami Ceramic League – Workshop plus one man exhibit and I judged their members show, Arrowmount School of Crafts Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida National Council for Education in Ceramic Art (panel chair) World Pottery Institute founded in 1997 (owner and instructor 1997 to present) And many others
Founded in 1993, wrote, produced, and is the lead artist in this educational video series. A nine video suite on pottery making includes: Introduction to Throwing, Advanced Throwing, How to Throw Large Pots, Pottery Decoration (w/ Tom Shafer), Introduction to Hand Building, Glazing and Firing, Kiln Building, and Clay Collection. These videos are used by junior colleges, universities, art centers, and many individuals throughout the United States and the world.
Received international video award for Introduction to Throwing (1994)
Founder, Owner, and Head Instructor
World Potter Institute Located in Geneva, Florida, The World Pottery Institute was designed and built in 1997 by Stephen Jepson and is a school for potters from beginners to professionals. Students have come from the following countries: New Zealand, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Holland, England, The British Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Bahamas, with the vast majority of students coming from the United States.
Jepson Pottery Tools: A line of tools for potters designed by Stephen Jepson (started in 1998)
Jepson Pro Station: A revolutionary new potter’s wheel designed by Stephen Jepson and produced in 1999
Designer and Manufacturer of kayaks Received U.S. federal patent for kayak design (1989)
Dreamboat: A kayak manufacturing company, Stephen Jepson designed a new line of kayaks in 2001 and began manufacturing in 2002
After attending my undergraduate program at the university of Central Florida, many of my students went on to graduate degrees in fine art programs around the United States including Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, University of South Carolina, Wichita State University, University of California and others.
"I want my students to be successful artists, craftsmen, and designers when they leave school. To the best of my ability I prepare them to have the finest foundation and skill so they will have the confidence and knowledge to make their individual dreams come true. Many of my students are happily making a good living teaching (some at the college level) and practicing their art."
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