Greetings and welcome to my website

Phoenix_Studio_James_Ort_clay_animalsf02My name is James and I'm a ceramic and wire artist, as well as a tutor.  I make animal sculptures and teach others how to do it too. It's what I do and I can't imagine doing anything else.

As well as being an artist I also run The Phoenix Studio in Towersey, near Thame - there's always something inspiring going on here, and it's a wonderful place to create.

I hope you enjoy my art and that my words inspire you to get creative too - there really is nothing like it!

The Wild Beasts at Claydon

I am taking part in my first two man show at the end of May. The Wild Beasts at Claydon is a special exhibition featuring the artwork of painter Tom Shepherd and my sculpture. Two young(ish!) artists who love to creatively capture the vibrancy and character of the animal kingdom.

Tom Shepherd is a professional artist and tutors. Working in oils, acrylics and watercolours, he will be exhibiting his new watercolour studies in the show!

For this show I have been exploring how wire and ceramics can be used together in varying proportions; the two materials do not always play nicely together, but if you treat them right and understand their properties, the results can be stunning!

The exhibition is happening at the love Courtyard Art Studio run by Kimberley and Peter Keegan which is located on the Claydon Estate (The Courtyard, Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2EX, UK).

It runs from Saturday 25 May, across the bank holiday weekend and through to Wednesday 5 June, 11am - 5pm daily (closed Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May).

Free entry, free on site parking and The Phoenix Kitchen just across the courtyard.

Come and learn with me

I teach my technique from the Phoenix Studio. Find out more and sign up for a weekend course now!
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How to contact me

Address: The Phoenix Studio, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QZ
Phone: 0776 598 0508

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Essence of which animal? Can you guess what it may be? . . . #ithaswings #wildbeastsatclaydon #wiresculpture #wireart @thecourtyardartstudio @phoenixstudiotowersey #studiolife #studio #animalart
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The Wild Beasts are coming! Myself and Tom Shepherd are putting on a two man art show from the 25th May until the 5th June at the fabulous @thecourtyardartstudio. Save the dates in the diary if you want to see my latest pieces and the stunning work of @tomshepherdartist (NB closed Thurs and Fridays) . . #exhibition #artexhibition #animalart #wildbeasts #wildlife #wildlifeart #animalsculpture #phoenixstudio #phoenixstudiotowersey #claydonhouse #nationaltrust #courtyardartstudio #tomshepherd
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The Wild Beasts are coming! Myself and Tom Shepherd are putting on a two man art show from the 25th May until the 5th June at the fabulous @thecourtyardartstudio. Save the dates in the diary if you want to see my latest pieces and the stunning work of @tomshepherdartist (NB closed Thurs and Fridays) . . #exhibition #artexhibition #animalart #wildbeasts #wildlife #wildlifeart #animalsculpture #phoenixstudio #phoenixstudiotowersey #claydonhouse #nationaltrust #courtyardartstudio #tomshepherd
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Almost perfect symmetry through chaos and nature! #happinessthroughchance
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Happy Easter Sunday! This is the closest Easter-themed post I could muster. Please imagine this chap is a bunny not a hare. I’ll be glazing him later today and am excited to see how he mounted on the wall! . . #workinprogress #exhibitionlooming #exhibition #clayanimals #studiolife #clay #ceramic #ceramicart #hare #haresculpture @phoenixstudiotowersey #easter #easterbunny
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