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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My local petrol station was used for a location shot of one of the latest episodes of #blackmirror. As the episode focused on how much of our lives are sucked up into the vacuous space of social media I thought I’d share…. . . #blackmirrorseason5 #gowatchit
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A week has passed since The Wild Beasts at Claydon show and my head is still spinning. For me it’s a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire as I gear up for the @drawingcircus who are coming to the @phoenixstudiotowersey for a life drawing extravaganza of a weekend! Don’t miss it! Anyhoo the exhibition was a great success. So successful that @tomshepherdartist and I are allergy thinking about next year’s show! After months of blood sweat andtears;sleepless nights and panic it was a su
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A week has passed since The Wild Beasts at Claydon show and my head is still spinning. For me it’s a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire as I gear up for the @drawingcircus who are coming to the @phoenixstudiotowersey for a life drawing extravaganza of a weekend! Don’t miss it! Anyhoo the exhibition was a great success. So successful that @tomshepherdartist and I are allergy thinking about next year’s show! After months of blood sweat andtears;sleepless nights and panic it was a su
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I dropped off the horse sculpture at his lovely new owner’s home last night and had the immense pleasure of meeting Bear!! He’s part wolf hound part deer hound and was absolutely HUGE. I just couldn’t get over it (literally – I have a dodgy hip!). Sadly I was stooping in the photo so the sense of scale is slightly lost but you get the idea. He would be amazing to sculpt. I think I may just have a go sometime!!
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One of the highlights of the show for me has been to stay at the lovely home of Haidee Gary and Borris the miniature schnauzer. Beyond saving me from a long commute to the show each day they have been THE best hosts have absolutely spoilt me rotten and been such fantastic company! A huge thanks to the three of them! X
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