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!

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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More Phoenix Studio goings on


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People often think I live a charmed life running the @phoenixstudiotowersey. Sometimes they’re right it can be amazing but more often than not I’m essentially a care taker/janitor. I carry a big bunch of keys around with me and moan when students make a ‘bloody mess’ or block a loo! For the last few months I have had the glamorous job of trying to fix a blocked sewage pipe. I’ve got the rods out donned gloves and have even been hand scooping – I’d tried everything but nothing worked! In the end I had to call in the big boys and thank god in did…the pipes where rammoed. Frank from @draindoctor_ sorted it right out. There’s one job done leaving me with more time to reconstitute waste clay do the accounts respond to a backlog of emails empty the clay silt trap and cut back the hedges! Living the dream! . . #livingthedream
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My first ever attempt at freestyle stitching. Actually it was my first ever go on a sewing machine! It just had to be chicken theme. I was surprised how intuitive and fun it was – all down to the tuition of course. Thanks @institchyou for the guidance! . . . @institchyou @phoenixstudiotowersey #phoenixstudiotowersey #harrietriddell #institchyou #freestylesewing #stitching #sewingmachine #portraits #sewnportrait #stitchedportrait #fabric #chickensofinstagram
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The vibrant and effortlessly cool Brighton! Oh I did love my years living there. #latergram #nofilter #brighton #hanover
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Immortalising Basil in clay! Work in progress. Mid glazing. . . #chicken #chickensofinstagram #clayanimals #ceramic #clay
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Here’s me holding one of the first professionally printed inkscapes made by the super talented @gabyturner! I commissioned this and am absolutely delighted with it! I’m incredibly proud of Gaby for following her dreams and pursuing a life in art. Its been a scary leap for her to make but she has been working tirelessly to get the @theinksaid off the ground and it’s really taking off! She’s got these prints made got funding through her Kickstarter project created her websites written nearly 100 pieces of microfiction to accompany the inks had her work published in @popshotmag and got her own column in @valelifemag. Oh and she’s made some awesome sculpture too! Thank you for inspiring me @gabyturner and for bringing colour to my world!xx
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My latest blog posts

New techniques, new sculptures

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The Drawing Circus in Towersey

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The life drawing event of the summer… are you coming?

This summer we’re teaming up with the finest troupe of performers, models and musicians Brighton has to offer and putting on a fantastic weekend of life drawing at the studio. […]

Lights, Camera, art in Action!

In my previous blog post I talked about the journey to Art in Action (AiA) – the hurdles I overcame with the help of loved ones and how the stage […]

The long, windy and (til now undocumented) road to Waterperry!

Whilst the last few months before AiA didn’t play out quite like Gaby Turner’s wonderful poem predicted, in many ways it was not too far off the mark. Procrastination, late […]

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