Jim began studying ceramics with Toshiko Takaezu while an undergraduate at Princeton University. After graduating with a degree in art history he traveled extensively, primarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan, where he developed a keen interest in Islamic art and architecture. Upon returning to the U.S. he studied economics at Columbia University where he received a master’s degree. It was while studying at Columbia that Jim rediscovered his love of ceramics. In 1978 he opened his own studio.
Jim’s interest in lighting was born of a desire to combine clay’s sculptural and functional potential. Each piece gives him the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind statement with the use of glazes and metallic oxides. His hand-built slab lamps are embossed with a variety of carved reliefs that render each one a unique piece of art.
Barbara began working with her husband fulltime in 2001 and currently specializes in creating the shades for Jim’s bases using handmade paper from around the world.