A New Jersey native, James has been exploring the endless opportunities of working with clay since first exposed to ceramics in high school. James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where his passion for working with all types of materials grew. He then continued his curiosities working, teaching, and making in art communities such as GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading PA, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia PA, and Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC along with other art centers throughout the country.

Potter, technician, instructor, and administrator, James spent four years as Ceramic Studio Manager at GoggleWorks. He then shifted his focus to leadership and arts administration as Director of Program Operations and Chief Programs Officer at GoggleWorks. James has recently left GoggleWorks to focus on his own business and reconnect with his studio practice. James maintains his kiln service business and ceramic studio at his home in Bernville PA.

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education & TRAINING

New York State College of Ceramic at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2010 / Bachelors of Fine Arts

Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, NJ
2004-2006 / Associates in Craft Studies

Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
2017 / Winter Resident

Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatauk, MI
2010 / Teaching Assistant to John & Andrea Gill

Studio of Walter McConnell, Alfred, NY
2008-2010 / Studio Assistant

Division of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2009 / Summer Internship

Alfred Clay Collective, Alfred, NY
2009 / Co-Founder & Officer



2018 / 40 under 40 Award, Lehigh Business Journal

2009 / Val Cushing Award, Alfred University

2009 / Markell Brooks Fellowship, Anderson Ranch Craft Center

2008 / Student Scholarship, Peter’s Valley School of Craft

2007 / Jonathan Allen Award for Leadership

2006 / Miller Portfolio Scholarship


2016 / Faculty Exhibition, Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, NJ

2015 / Eighth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Panama City, FL

2014 / New Works, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2012 / PA Made, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2010 / Profile 2010: Alfred University’s School of Art & Design, Gem Hotel, New York, NY

2009 / Pots & Prints, Random Room Gallery, Alfred, NY

2008 / Utilitarian Digest, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2006 / Some People, Alfred, NY


GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2012-2019 / Chief Programs Officer, Director of Program Operations, Ceramic Studio Manager

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2010-2012 / Work Exchange Artist



GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
current / ceramic & special topics

University of the Arts, Continuing Education Program, Philadelphia PA
current / non-ranked faculty, ceramics

Albright College, Reading, PA
2018 / visiting artist

Kutztown University, Reading, PA
2017 / visiting artist