Center of the spiral 

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Dis is me...

Each and every step of the ceramic process is part of a Personal Inner Journey. After all the making and glazing, the long firing provides answers to many questions, even if it's not what we wanted to hear. So too, our souls are altered through "trials by fire". Some crack, some burn, but most are transformed into something wonderfully new and stronger.

I have been working in the design field for many years, and have found that the medium of clay has allowed me a more personal outlet for expression. Clay is a merging of form and spirit... the earth mixed with imagination. My stoneware pottery is meant to be enjoyed as much by use as by view. Whether it is that first sacred cup of coffee savored in the morning, a meditative journey undertaken by a finger gently following the curves of a labyrinth or the subtle messages I endeavor to impart in my Sun Faces, I strive to enhance the beauty of form with functionality.

All of the pieces I make, unless specifically noted, are food and microwave safe.

If you see something you like and wish to purchase, please contact me through email indicating which piece you're interested in and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Many pieces pictured on my website are examples that have long since found other homes, but can be recreated. Color, size and individualization are all things to consider when you order a piece. Everything I make... even those items made from molds I created are one of a kind, and cannot be duplicated exactly. Expect some variation.


My studio is at 20 Washington Street in Ballston Spa, NY where I provide classes for Adults & Children. Please contact me by email to inquire more about Wheel Throwing or Handbuilding Classes

© James Best 2019