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James Whiting is a ceramics artist, teacher and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lived in Japan for many years and his passion for ceramics developed there; the Japanese aesthetic has greatly influenced his work.

His current work is predominately hand-built. Over the years he has worked with a wide variety of techniques: coils, slabs, nerikomi (layering colored clays), scraffito, inlay, pinch pots, wax resist and slip/underglaze painting, embossing, burnishing, sculpting/hollowing-out/re-assembling, and others, and is always exploring new ideas and techniques.

He genuinely loves helping others and the many aspects of teaching: explaining processes, problem solving, listening, and helping students realize their potential and do the best work they can.