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.