James’s dramatic Sculptural Landscapes represent his first foray into totemic forms. The series is influenced by Manhattan skyscrapers, Oceanic art, and organic naturalism. James hand-builds each form with clay and makes a plaster mould. He presses a limited series from the mould, and then enhances each piece’s unique personality by altering the surface, adding texture, and layering molten metallic and hand-mixed glazes. “Each form is imbued with a unique personality that invites the viewer’s personal interpretation,” says James.