In 2010 James Ort gave up his career in conservation to focus on his art. He moved from Brighton to the village of Towersey to manage the Phoenix Studio, a private art teaching studio set in rural Oxfordshire. It was in this creative environment that he discovered sculpture, namely ceramics.
Animals are James’ primary subject matter which is the result of a lifelong fascination in wildlife and a former career. Using his knowledge of anatomy and form, he pushes ceramic to its limits and has developed some innovative techniques to help achieve this. Colour and pattern bring his pieces to life; he often combines ceramic with wire where the subject calls for it (for example when making insects or crustaceans).
James has been heavily influenced by his Grandfather, Brian Price Thomas whom illustrated a number of the Ladybird Children Books (including the Gingerbread Man).
James also has a love & natural aptitude for teaching. He teaches adults and children how to make ceramic animal or wire weekend courses from the Phoenix Studio and will be teaching at West Dean College in 2017.