James Bassett - Personal studio


During more than thirty years of teaching and lecturing he has continued to exhibit and sell. Known for his lead glazed slipware: more than 100 commemorative plates have been commissioned and several for the permanent collection at Northampton Museum.

On retirement current work sees a return to simple thrown vessels in oxidised stoneware and some raku. He has had a lifelong preoccupation with the bowl: the simplest and oldest vessel which rests in cupped hands and almost floats on the surface it is placed upon.

Birds have always featured as decorative motifs in his work as images in plates and knobs on pots. He also makes stylised garden birds.

Following his move to Scotland he remains an honorary lifetime member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen.

Images of his work and working methods feature in:-

"Raku" by John Mathieson, an A&C Black Ceramic Handbook

"Techniques Using Slip" by John Mathieson, Macmillan

"500 Plates and Chargers" Lark Ceramic Books.

"500 Raku" Lark Ceramic Books.

"The Best of 500 Ceramics" Lark Ceramic Books.

Contact details:

James Bassett

Personal studio

18 Barr Crescent
Ayrshire KA80 8PX

  • 01475 672754
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