Having completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Gloucestershire, James went on to be apprenticed to a Master Design metalwork firm.
After gaining a wealth of further skills, he went on to pursue a range of projects within the creative industries. Working as a freelance designer maker he has completed work for; The Discovery Channel, Wild Dream Films, Catcher Media, John Lewis, Dan Fink Metalworks USA and Deekes and Steere.
James’s specialist area is cold forged sheet metalwork. With a knowledge and dexterity in traditional skills, he encourages the development of new and innovative practice from an informed standpoint. James has been teaching at the College since September 2007. He continues to work as a professional 3D designer/maker from his workshop and studio in Herefordshire.
In recent years, James has returned to a long-held passion for hot-rodding – the motorsport and subculture which originated in 1940s America. Building on his experience and a lifetime surrounded by 40s/50s era design influences, James has designed and made vintage-inspired bike saddles, motorbikes, cars and a truck. He is now folding this creative personal practice into an independent business; focussing on bespoke design and craft within this niche aesthetic.