james with pots

James Oughtibridge


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I was first drawn to clay back in 1995 on an Art Foundation course under the guidance of Raku Potter David Roberts. I was immediatley struck by the way it could be turned into almost anything. After this exciting introduction to the material I gained a place at Loughborough University and began developing a range of making processes. The physicality of the making and the challenge to work on such a large scale has always been at the forefront of my work.

After graduating with a first I then went on to study an MA at the Royal College of Art, where, from the offset, I was challenged and pushed to move away from the refined, monumental sculptural forms I had made on my degree. It was time to push and try new things and after over a year of playing with the material, generating quick ideas on the wheel, I developed a range of large scale sculptural seating aimed at the growing garden/design market. Although this body of work proved very popular with numerous sales, commissions and television work I felt it was time to start exploring the vessel again and return to slab building which had always been a passion.

My current work has increased dramatically in scale having carried out various private and public commissions around the country including the Presidential Suite at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. Surface texture, lines and mark making are being incorporated into the slabs during the building process to create a greater sense of movement in the work. I am also revisiting the sculptural seating created at the RCA and developing a new range of outdoor pieces ready for Chelsea Flower Show next year.


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