James Oughtibridge

Material: Ceramics | Location: Yorkshire
James Oughtibridge first discovered clay after leaving high school, when he went to study an Art foundation course at Dewsbury Art College. He had a two-week period of working in the ceramics department with renowned Raku Ceramist David Roberts and was immediately drawn to clay as a material. Later, upon graduation from Loughborough and then the Royal College of Art in 2001, Oughtibridge set up a studio in London for several years before returning to his native Yorkshire in 2005.

Inspiration for Oughtibridge’s sculptures comes from many elements, but the biggest inspiration is the stunning Yorkshire Pennine landscape, which is characterised by river valleys, hills, fells, mountains, high upland plateaus and edges. When mist and fog descend (very often!), it transforms the undulations of the land into a monochrome palette, where texture is prominent. These natural elements of curves, textures and form are conveyed with each unique sculpture Oughtibridge creates.

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