I see the pot as a completed object, standing visually on its own, and at the same time, I ask that it imply or even demand use as a condition for its functional aesthetic wholeness. This notion is what determines my interest in process, form, surface, color, and embellishment. The dynastics and the tension involved in this balancing act provide a continuing renewal for me in making "useful" pots.

I once wrote that I'd like "to make pots the way Eubie Blake plays ragtime... which obvious joy and laughter and attention to easy growth and quality" It's in that kind of spirit that I look to find the "center" for depth and quality in my pottery.

Jim has lived and worked in Boulder, Colorado since 1975. He has taught and conducted workshops across the US, including the University of Colorado, the Art Institute of Chicago, Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, and Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, Kansas, the Vance Kirkland Museum, Denver, Colorado and the Collection of Katsunari Toyoda, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. He maintains a ceramics studio making highfire, functional stoneware and porcelain pottery