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James Hake

James Hake makes a range of ceramic stoneware, specialising in large bowls thrown at the potter’s wheel. He also produces slab rolled wall hangings and square dishes.

James studied 3-Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University specialising in ceramics. Following graduation he was accepted on to the Craft Council’s Pottery Skills Course in Ireland where he trained for a further two years. On his return to the Lake District, James established his own studio where he now supplies work to both local and national galleries, as well as undertaking commissions.

“Taking inspiration from Oriental ceramics, I have developed a palette of my own glazes. These range from subtle Shinos, to rich, dark Tenmokus and Copper Reds. Glazes are applied quickly by dipping and pouring in different combinations, which fuse together in the heat of the kiln. As with the thrown pieces I am always adapting and experimenting with glaze recipes, searching for different colours and textures to complement the forms. Currently I am investigating using local materials from quarries, clay seams and wood ashes in my glazes.”

2005 – Present Established James Hake Ceramics in Holme, Cumbria, making Stoneware ceramics.


2002 – 2004 Crafts Council of Ireland. Pottery Skills Course. Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland.
1999 – 2002 BA (Hons) 3D Design. Manchester Metropolitan University.

Selected Stockists

2009 Blackwell Arts and Crafts House - Cumbria.
Fifiefofum Fine Art Gallery - Northumberland.
The Leach Gallery – Cornwall.
The Platform Gallery - Lancashire.
The Stour Gallery - Warwickshire.
The Round House Gallery - Derbyshire.

Associations and Memberships

2007 Unfold Design Collective.
2006 Professional Member Craft Potters Association.
2005 Northern Potters Association.

2008 Visiting lecturer - Cumbria Institute of Arts.
2006 Visiting lecturer - Manchester Metropolitan University.

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