Greetings and welcome to my website
My 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.
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