A successful body of work to me is a composite of the forms and shapes that are part of my life and surroundings. These things are often old metal or wood “service containers”, mechanical, landscape or Southwestern architectural forms - and sometimes human. Other things I draw from are early German and American pots. My work will usually borrow a lip, edge or contour from one of these and a handle or foot from another. All these influences seem to contribute to or become part of the work, many times without my really seeing it until later.
Blair grew up in the Colorado communities of Akron, San Luis, and Alamosa, and received a BA in Art Education from Adams State University in Alamosa. He attended the University of Maine and Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland. He worked as a ceramic engineer for companies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in the Washington, DC area and then maintained a twenty five year studio career in Saguache, Colorado. He is currently the Ceramics Department Chair at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. He makes and fires with partner Allison Severance at their shared studio and kiln in Cascade, Md.
He exhibits nationally and internationally and has led numerous national and international throwing, wood-firing, salt glazing, and kiln building workshops. His work is included in numerous galleries and in the permanent collections of: Baylor University, Martin Museum of Art in Texas; Crocker Art Museum in California; The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and The Colorado History Museum in Colorado.
Blair has been included in numerous publications including feature articles in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times Magazine. Other publications include Salzbrand Keramik 2002 and Phil Roger's Salt Glazing.