James’ ceramic wares are tactile, dynamic objects that traverse contexts of art and design. They uniquely reflect his humour, physical gestures and broader social and philosophical concerns. References to religion, pop culture, insects and global ceramic forms are weaved in his typically colourful, highly textural and sometimes slapstick works. While he primarily works with clay, he often embeds other objects such as bricks, precious stones and discarded ephemera to develop his expressive, sculptural vernacular. He is also known for his creation of content on social media. His performative or comedic approach towards this digital space reflect his ruminations upon daily life and aids to generate ideas in his studio.
James has collaborated with a range of institutions and individuals in diverse settings. He has developed exclusive collections for the respective design stores of The National Gallery of Victoria and Heide MOMA He has exhibited multiple times for Melbourne Design Week and has featured in publications such as The National Gallery of Victoria Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, Vault Magazine, The Design Files, Yellow Trace, Real Living Magazine, The Journal of Australian Ceramics and Broadsheet.
He is also an active member of the arts community, routinely teaching workshops and masterclasses in his studio and showroom.His work can be viewed in his studio in Northcote and with James Makin Gallery in Collingwood. He is represented in the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Victoria.