James Bassett

James Bassett

Material

  • Earthenware
  • Porcelain
  • Stoneware

Technique

  • Hand building
  • Slip casting
  • Throwing

Firing

  • Electric
  • Raku
I have retired after more than thirty years of teaching and lecturing but I continue to exhibit and sell.
Previously known for my lead glazed slipware: more than 100 commemorative plates have been commissioned, several for the permanent collection at Northampton Museum.
My current work sees a return to simple thrown vessels in oxidised stoneware and some raku. I have had a lifelong preoccupation with the bowl: the simplest and oldest of vessels which rests in cupped hands and almost floats upon the surface that it is placed upon.
I feature birds as decorative motifs as images in plates and handles and knobs on pots. I also make stylised garden birds.


Images of this work and my working methods feature in:-


“Raku” John Mathieson, A&C Black Ceramic Handbook

“Techniques using Slip” John Mathieson, Macmillan

“500” Plates and Chargers” Lark Ceramic Books

“500” Raku” Lark Ceramic Books

“The Best of 500 Ceramics” Lark Ceramic Books


I relocated to Scotland in 2013 and now sell work through The Barony Centre, Craft Town Scotland,West Kilbride. North Ayrshire.

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