Jeremy James’s main inspiration is in the countryside. He has a natural talent for sculpting the many mannerisms of his subject matter, be they hares, crows, pigs or cockerels and he must rank as one of the foremost ceramic sculptors of his generation. Jeremy James’s broad fine arts training introduced him to clay, and apart from bronze, no other material has tempted him. Working exclusively in clay has enabled him to explore the possibilities of ceramic form and exploit the richness of glazing that combine to give his subject matter an extra dimension. The element of freedom contained in his work gives an extra edge, distancing him from those concerned with mere representation. Being able to recognize not only the importance but also knowing when to stop giving more detail takes him over the great divide between crafts and fine art.