Deon Blackwell was born in Pensacola, Florida and studied music and art at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He received his MFA in studio art from the University of South Florida in 2007. His studio practice includes a wide variety of ceramic processes including: Raku, soda fire, salt fire, underglaze techniques and various decal and casting methods. He has given lectures about his process at several universities and for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. His work has been exhibited across the country in solo exhibitions and private collections. Since receiving his MFA, Deon has taught ceramics for the University of South Florida and currently teaches for the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
Masters of Fine Art
University of South Florida Tampa Florida2007
Bachelors of Fine Art: Sculpture/Painting
Delta State University Cleveland Mississippi 2003
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Teaching various online courses in the graphic design and foundations departments.
Classes include: Visual Sequencing, Rapid Prototyping, and Adobe Illustrator.
City Blue/Traditional and Digital Arts
Responsible for day to day construction, creation, and installation of large format printing and custom fabricated displays. Maintenance of machinery, purchase materials, complete budgets, and customer service.
University of South Florida
2007 – 2012
Adjunct Professor for the School of Art. Classes included: Beginning Sculpture, Beginning Ceramics, Intermediate Ceramics, Concepts and Practices I, Concepts and Practices II, and Painting.