I produce thrown stoneware and porcelain - mainly functional including tableware, some simply to be enjoyed. My work is on traditional lines, but the element of adding something to each piece through individual style is most important to me.
In glazing, I favour a simplistic approach to decoration, allowing the movement within the glaze during firing to create its own unique complexities and irregularities of pattern. My overall aim is for the enduring nature of fired clay to be reflected as a lasting source of pleasure to the owner.
A more recent development is our collaborative work, consisting of generally larger thrown vessels, graphically decorated by Mary with drawings of her sculptural work.Work generally available from:
All firing is in oxidation, in a top-loading electric kiln. Thrown work is fired to Cone 9 and conventionally glazed over various underglaze techniques. I develop and make all my own glazes. As a professional courtesy I acknowledge the source of original recipes, but do not disclose modifications or additions to those recipes.
Originally working in a supporting role as technician, glaze chemist and administrator/facilitator, I moved forward and developed my throwing skills, adding the new dimension of studio pottery to our joint work. Together Mary and I are the founders and sole members of The Robert James Studio, formed in 1997. To pre-empt the frequent question, the name comes from Bob's two Christian names.