The Viewcrest Studio
Jim was born in Portland and fell in love with art at an early stage. He followed a BFA and MST with a career in teaching art. His middle school and high school students kept him busy designing art lessons for thirty-four years. During that time, he taught jewelry, printmaking, painting, calligraphy, drawing, and ceramics. The bulk of his classes were focused on ceramics.
Naked Raku has been Jim’s passion for the last 15 years. This medium satisfies his need for exacting methods and unexpected results. Failure has provided most of the lessons needed for success. His frustrations have also led him to innovating new techniques and tools to simplify processes and improve results.
His body of work has continued to grow and change with each creative spark.
The Arts Center, since 2019
Northwest by Northwest Gallery, since 2019
Eutectic Gallery, since 2019, Back Room, January 2019. High, Low, and Naked
RAIN SPARK GALLERY member since forever
Oregon Potters Association member since 2006
Oregon Potters Association 2017 CERAMIC SHOWCASE poster and flier Image
The Holiday Gallery at 510 Museum and Artspace, November-December 2014, November-December 2015
Portland Japanese Garden, Behind the Shoji, July 18 - September 1, 2014
Oregon Potters Association, Showcase ‘Best of Show’, Bennett Welsh Award for Surface Decoration, 2013 and 2014
Pottery featured in the ‘American Dream House’, Street of Dreams, August 2013
Naked Raku pot “ODDS” shown in the Oregon Governor’s Mansion, 2015
Naked Raku pot “YIKES POW!” shown in the Oregon Governor’s Mansion, 2013-14
Volunteer at the Children's Museum Clay Room, October 2009 - March 2011
Supervisor for Intern Art Teachers, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education, 2004 – 2007
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, October 2017 - Tips and Tools: Flattening Bats, pg. 102
Published in Pottery Making Illustrated, May/June 2015 - "Staying in Shape", pg. 17 - 20
Published in the book “100 TIPS, TOOLS, & TECHNIQUES" for the ceramics studio, 2017. Nine articles in total.
Published in the book "Throwing Techniques", 2015
Published in the book "Glazing Techniques", 2015, page 27
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, June/July/August 2014 - Tips and Tools: Control at the Top, pg. 66 & 67
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, January 2014 - Tips and Tools: Depth and Field, pg. 58
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, January 2013 - Tips and Tools: Banding Wheel Pins, pg. 16 & 17
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, December 2012 - Tips and Tools: Dial-in Level, pg. 18
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, December 2011 - Glaze Drip Pan, pg. 14
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, January 2010 – Suggestions, Platter Flipper, pg. 14 & 15
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, February 2007 – Suggestions, Accuracy In Planning, pg. 18
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, August/September 2007 – Comment | Chef or Cook?
Published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, November 2005 - Tip of the Month, Bat Pin Inserts, pg. 32
Naked Raku Vase
Photo by Loren Nelson