James Aarons

"My ceramic objects are intended to add dynamics and energy to our surroundings. Each is an item to interact and live with. Earthenware is an ideal clay body for achieving a balance of function, form, and color, which I explore to its fullest."

James Aarons is devoted to exploring the unexpected possibilities of ordinary clay. Whether taking the form of a ubiquitous bowl, a kaleidoscopic composition, or an expressive ceramic painting, clay speaks for what it is. Through the strength of its character, clay can take on a form that seems to be something else—but it is still clay. Recently, James joined creative forces with visual artist and filmmaker Mark Taylor. Under the moniker Imaginary Lamp Empire, they work together to design and build one-of-a-kind lamps that combine ceramic and found objects with meticulously sewn paper shades.

Every piece begins as a ball of clay. Aarons feels strongly about making his works by hand, one at a time. The labor and natural slowness of the process add nuance to each piece by ensuring that no two works are identical. Repetition of shape and texture is key to the ease of using an object, but as each is made individually, it stands as an individual.

Aarons has been making things out of clay since he first discovered the potter's wheel in 1974. In the intervening years, he had a successful career as a modern dancer before returning his creative energies to clay.

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Parrot
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 700
Little Gems
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 595
Vertical Gems
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 595
Dot Phase—Dendrobium Mini
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 540
Neutra III
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 950
10 Spot
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 795
Vertical Storm
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 600
Line in Black and Gray
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 350
Horizontal Storm
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 600
Dragon Flower
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 795
Dot Phase - Reds
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
Line in Gold & Green
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 350
Line in Red and Olive
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 350
Geode Bowls
Ceramic Bowl

$ 150
Moraine III
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
Moraine II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
Geode Bowl
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 150
Red Dots 2019
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 495
Luna
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 700
Glacier III
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 900
Salt Marsh VII
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 600
Salt Marsh V
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 600
Glacier II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 900
Glacier I
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 900
Pebbled River
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 895