Working with James on this project was the first time we had met. I must admit, I was a bit nervous. He is a well known sculptor and also works at the St. Louis Community College as an assistant professor.
On the way to his studio he shared some of his ceramic vessels and other figurative work, and I was awestruck – the pieces were quite large and a variation of intrinsically designed shapes and forms. I knew right then I was in the presence of a professional artist.
Soon thereafter, I saw his craftsmanship into action. He invited me to his studio where we swapped stories of my artistic ambitions and his bounty of life experiences, all awhile I filmed him working on the wheel. He was a great storyteller and had a gentle way about him that made his stories seem every-day-normal, yet, the content was always wild and eccentric. They were the kind of stories songs could be made of.
I really enjoyed his company and felt honored that he was gracious enough to share of his time and talents with me.
Please also take some time to view his website here
. His ceramic talents are amazing.