Artist Statement

 

Please join me at my studio (#228) during Open Studios Art Tour 2021. I'll be showing my work on both North County and All County weekends  (Oct. 9 & 10, Oct. 16 & 17) 

 

What I make
I work with cement-based mediums casting and hand forming them into decorative
or functional vessels, bowls, platters and shapes. My lidded vessels are intended for ceremonial use or purely to enjoy their unique form. My explorations continue as I work to elevate ordinary materials into works of interest and inventiveness.

Process philosophy
Since the pieces I create are one-of-a-kind, there’s always a new problem to be solved. I set out with an idea and a mold in mind, but ultimately the material dictates the direction, opening space for spontaneity as well as interesting accidents. I discovered that by working with the accidents and not rejecting them, each piece has the potential of going to another level when brought back to wholeness.

Materials
For finishes, I work with sealers, resins, waxes, paints and powders. I use found and collected metal parts such as pulleys, gears, springs and radial ball-bearings to create imaginative lids and stands making each piece special and unique.

Contact: For inquiries please send emails to jillkjames831@gmail.com.
My work is also available at The Phoenix Gift Shop in Big Sur at https://www.nepenthe.com/imported-products-1/jill-james-large-bowls

Phone
831 588 7335
Email
jillkjames831@gmail.com
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