James makes a range of ceramic stoneware, thrown at the potter’s wheel. He also produces slab rolled work including wall hangings and square dishes.
James studied 3-Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University specialising in ceramics. Following graduation he attended Craft Council’s Pottery Skills Course in Republic Ireland where he trained for two years. On his return to the Lake District in 2005 he established ‘James Hake Ceramics’ and now supplies work to both local and national galleries, as well as undertaking commissions.
“Taking inspiration from Oriental ceramics, I have developed a palette of my own glazes. These range from subtle Shinos, to rich, dark Tenmokus and Copper Reds. Glazes are applied quickly by dipping and pouring in different combinations, which fuse together in the heat of the kiln. I am always adapting and experimenting with glaze, searching for different colours and textures to complement ceramic form. Currently I am investigating using local materials from quarries, clay seams and wood ashes in my glazes.”