Jim is a potter from Durham who has been working in clay for more than 30 years. He apprentised early in his career to Sid Oakley at Cedar Creek Gallery, before embarking on his own career as a potter. These pieces are coil-built, meaning they are not turned on a wheel but are built up of coils or clay in a manner similar to the way pots were made before the invention of the wheel.
Jim applies numerous layers of slip to the surface, then bisque-fires these pots, then scorches them in a manner similar to raku firing where they pick up smoke on their surface. Finally he applies a wax treatment to the surface which contains minerals and pigments, for the final iridescence which makes these pots so interesting to the eye (and to the camera!)