I have wanted to be an artist since I was a child, my career probably began as a 10 year old on the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey. There I made many sand
sculptures every summer, and sometimes entered contests, and sometimes won prizes for the unusual creatures, people and things I had made in the sand. All of these sculptures had one thing in common, including the amazing work of the adult teams, they would be washed back into the sea by the end of the day. I
made these sculptures just because I enjoyed the process of doing it, and I feel much the same about working with clay. Since those days on the beach I have studied and practiced many art forms, but
nothing has drawn me in like the process of working with clay. From wedging to
throwing to trimming to glazing to stacking wood to firing there is no part of
working with clay that I don’t enjoy. I also enjoy the other people who work with
clay, their ideas, stories, and work. I wonder if any other medium attracts such a
diverse and interesting crowd as ceramics?
I have been influenced by many people along the way, some who I have worked
directly with and some who I will never meet, but I try to accept as much as I
can and sometimes influence is evident in the object and sometimes it is in the
The products of my work in clay are much more permanent than any sand
sculptures, but they too must be formed by hand, their design contemplated and
executed. They also must withstand their trial by fire, and I must work with the
fire to achieve the results desired. It is a long journey of calculated discoveries
that leads to the maturity of any artist, and I hope that I am somewhere in the
middle of that journey prepared to accept what comes from the next firing,
around the next corner.
Jim will be at The Cooley Gallery this friday, to show his work. Please stop by and take a look at some beautiful ceramic art and perhaps find a piece that will fill a spot in your home. If you are unable to make it, please feel free to shop our online store, we will be happy to ship to you.