Jim Spires grew up in Dalton, Ohio and worked after school in the historic Dalton Pottery. After graduation, Jim spent four years in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service, where assignments took him to many countries in Europe. He went to college in Arkansas where he worked with famed studio potter, David Greer who taught him the elements of sculptural ceramics. Jim returned to Ohio to teach art for three years in Doylestown and honed his wheel skills in the evenings.
Longing to travel, Jim reenlisted in the Navy, and attended Wesleyan University part time to complete a master's degree in 2 & 3 Dimensional Design and Sculpture with reknowned sculptor, John Risley. Armed with this degree and a second honorable discharge, Jim was recruited by Eastman Kodak and became Head Graphic Designer for Consumer & Photofinishing Products worldwide. This position allowed for travel to Japan where he learned first hand about their ceramics and classic design sense.
This tenure with a Fortune 500 company gave Spires invaluable design experience and the confidence to commit to a full time career as an artist. In 1990, he returned to his native Wayne County and started making pottery in his basement. Several trips to North Carolina introduced Jim to the Southern style of making both utilitarian and art pottery, and the traditional face jugs of the South. On a family trip to Europe in 1999, Jim visited the potteries in the town of Vallauris, in the South of France, where Pablo Picasso spent much of his later life making ceramic sculpture at the Madura studio. This experience heavily influenced the Spires approach to pottery and gave a new look to many of his creations.
In 2005, Jim was invited to exhibit in the International Biennial Contemporary Fine Art Exhibit in Florence, Italy. He was accepted as a sculptor and exhibited three of his figural pieces. With a second invitation in 2009, Jim decided to introduce his Picasso and Modigliani inspired face jugs. Gaining rave reviews from the critics, the Ohio potter effectively blurred the line between fine art and fine craft on an international stage. In 2013, Jim will return to Florence for an unprecidented third time, as the only classically trained potter among the world's finest working artists.
You may visit Jim Spires at his studio: 3340 Burbank Rd., Wooster, Ohio. Web: www.jimspirespottery.com for earlier works, or on facebook: Jim Spires for current works displayed in his albums. Cell: 330-464-8681
google+ Local Calls- 330-674-5111; Long Distance- 800-397-1555 66 W. Jackson St. Millersburg, Ohio 44654