October 7, 1942 - October 5, 2014
James David Watral passed away on the morning of October 5, 2014. James was born in Cleveland, OH on October 7, 1942. He is proceeded in death by his father and mother, Paul and Lillian Watral, and brother Paulie.
James is survived by his sister Pat Bruno and her family, his lifelong friend Mickie McGraw, and many many friends, fellow educators, former students, and artists across the country.
Watral began his career in the arts at The Cleveland Institute of Art. He studied under Toshiko Takaezu upon the recommendation of his professors. After graduating from CIA, Watral joined the MFA program at Tulane University. James moved to Dallas, TX in 1969 when he landed a teaching position at East Texas State University (nka Texas A&M at Commerce) where he taught for 12 years, and became an integral part of the art department. James taught at Texas Women’s University and Southern Methodist University. James retired his teaching career in 2011 after 10 years of service at Eastfield College.
Watral’s clay sculptures have been exhibited at Gerald Peters Gallery of Dallas, and various galleries across the southern and western US. Watral’s works are in the collections of American Airlines, Dallas Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas and many other private homes and businesses. Images of Watral’s works have been published in Lark Books 500 Plates & Chargers.
A memorial celebration for James and his artistic life will be held at his studio on Saturday, November 8th, from 2-6pm. Tell a story and raise a glass to toast Watral. Nostravia! 1419 Griffin Street East Dallas, TX 75215 .Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008
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