James Evans graduated from BA Ceramic Design in 1987. James Evans creates biomorphic sculptures using ceramic and metallic materials. His work has been exhibited at the Barbican Art Gallery, Collect and is in the V&A Museum collection.
Why did you choose ceramics?
Good question, I have asked this many times. It was the physical engagement and the ability to push the material to it's limits.
Why did you study at CSM?
I wanted to study there because of it's reputation and was advised not to apply there because of the competition, but when I entered the main entrance and saw the architecture I had to go there.
What are your best memories of studying at CSM?
The student bar one floor down, and the guidance from the students a year above us.
At college, what teachers made a lasting impression?
The tutors that made an impression, in no particular order, were, Richard Slee, Rob Kessler, Gillian Lowndes, John Chipperfield and the technicians JP and Ginge.
How did the course shape and define your future career?
It took me from wanting to be a potter in St. Ives, to somebody who wanted more answers from themselves and the material.
What were the creative influences on you at the time?
My influences in general came from contemporary sculptors such as Richard Deacon, Richard Wentworth, Andy Goldsworthy, David Machine, to name a few.
Why did you continue working in ceramics?
God knows why. The process and nature of the materials’ fragility can be very frustrating, but I still enjoy making something physical that changes as it grows and offers up accidental opportunities.
What do you see in the future for ceramics?