Where it started, and where it's going
Hi, I'm James and I run Hobbs Ceramics from my little studio in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
I've always had a love for tactile arts, a maker of sorts, whether that be in school with glue and cardboard or in my teenage years where I first started to discover clay as a medium. There was something about the materiality of it that spoke to me, being able to take a raw material and craft something unique that can last thousands of years was a fascinating thought. it's a material unlike any other. My love for the craft slowly pushed me in the direction of formal study when I undertook a degree in Ceramics at Cardiff University.
At university I really homed in my skillset, analysing objects of beauty and found my ideals. My inspiration comes mostly from the world around me, with a secondary passion of astronomy and science I've always aimed to bring the bright colours and vibrancy of nebula to my work. In university I really focused on the effects of Raku firing on sculptural pieces, it wasn't until later that I actually started making homeware.
In 2015 after my studies I moved back to Bicester and built a studio in my garden. As a recent student I wanted to achieve this on a budget so built most things from reclaimed and repurposed materials allowing me to save money and purchase my first wheel and kiln which I still use to this day. I wanted to transform my work from a sculpture based process to a more functional, commercial body that I could really share with others. There was something about the idea of someone else using my objects that really appealed to me
Over the next few years I built and continue to build Hobbs Ceramics as a brand in my local community and throughout 2019-2021 my client base has continued to evolve internationally with clients now on every continent. My passion for clay is ever changing and I can't believe the support I've had, it truly is humbling to be pursuing something you really enjoy.
I plan on continuing to grow my business through 2021 and 2022 and hope you'll join me on this journey!
BA (Hons) Ceramics - Cardiff University 2011-2015