Collection: Jim Pratt - Tulsa Clay

About Jim

Jim took up ceramics in 2018 because he felt a strong need to create. There is an art studio in Driggs, Idaho that has pottery classes, and he had one, two hour lesson. How to center the clay. And also a two hour hand building class. Hundreds of charity soup bowls have been built over the next four years in Idaho and Tulsa.

Jim currently belongs to Teton Arts Council studio in Driggs, Idaho as well as Waterworks Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His ceramics are now being shown at 302 Art in Broken Arrow and Hummingbird Fine Arts in Tulsa.

Not having a formal and extensive art training has given Jim a unique free style and final presentation that we hope you will find unique and inspiring as well.

I knew at my first lesson I was going to like ceramics as my art calling. It's certainly not easy, but practice and learning from others is very necessary. Practice is my "secret weapon"!

An Interview with Jim

Q: Tell us more about your work!
A: The sgraffito and Mishima carving designs are hand made free style without patterns or transfers on black, white and terra cotta clays fired at cone five or six. The use of high quality high fire under glazes and the use of basic primary glaze colors are enhanced by a clear high fire final clear glaze which will blend randomly. I can throw pieces on pottery wheels, and hand building. I make bowls, cups, vases, masks, plates and is always trying to create new and interesting projects. I try to use the best food safe glazes and high quality clays.

Q: Favorite clay?
A: New Mexico Clay's Chocolate clay body

Q: Can't live without it tool?
A: Xiem #MR9

Q: Do you make artwork in any other mediums?
A: I often make graphite and colored pencil drawings.

Q: What inspires your work?
A: Geometrics, Art Deco, learning from other artists, Mexican art. Visiting different studios, using new clays, and glazes also inspire me.

Q: What's something you would tell potters and artists who are just starting out?
A: Clay can be a difficult art media to work with, but practice, learning from other arts and keep trying to improve can give good results.