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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Day 16. Workspace (tidy/mess) There’s a desperately tidy person trying to get out of me! Most of the time though they are drowning in a sea of mess! My own personal studio acts as a creative space kitchen and office so it quickly turns into a state even shortly after a good spring clean. That said my main tidying success is the main studio! I have created lots of innovative storage systems to help the room work well as a teaching space – like the clay tool storage. Students know where to get to
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Day 15. Motivation/Goals (I’m way behind!) I’m fortunate that work never really feels like ‘work work’. I was teaching clay animals with @alisonpinkcreatures this weekend and had a great time! The boundaries between my life and my job are beyond blurred but generally it’s not hard to stay motivated because the @phoenixstudiotowersey is a great place to be. We bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives and it’s an amazing thing to be a part of. My long term goals are ultimately for me to run the
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Day 14. How I learnt I made this chameleon when doing my A-levels. It was my first sculpture and is mainly made from carbody filler. I created him in the garage mid winter and got high off the fumes! I didn’t go to college or university and beyond school I’ve never had any formal training in art. I got top grades at up to A-levels but I honestly can’t remember getting any useful guidance from my art teachers. Any skills I have now were germinated from my childhood and my family. I would spend h
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Day 13. Photography I created a wee photobooth in the main studio that I and our students use. It’s just a window blind mounted onto the wall with a table positioned under it to make a ledge. I went as wide and as long as I could to ensure I can get large sculpture in front of it. It is getting a big grubby now mind. I am contemplating getting a new blind – maybe in an off grey colour. To be honesty I take pics using my phone now. I think the quality is more than fine. What frustrates me is t
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Day 12 Hands at work. This may be a bold statement to make but I would say that the hands of sculptors suffer more than the hands of any other artists! The mediums used for sculpting can be hard abrasive sharp corrosive dehydrating and hot. All this can take its toll….Aches arrthritis cracked skin cuts scrapes and burns can all happen. I made this chap tonight (any guesses what bird species it is btw?). When making him I really thought about the muscle memory of hands as they repeat processes
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