Discarded fire bricks from a seawall were sorted through, piled and loaded into the back of an old pickup truck by Jim and an old friend. The bricks were taken to the base of Mount Erie on Fidalgo Island, and used to build a kiln. It was fueled with a discarded oil furnace burner and the clay was dug from abandoned clay mines. It was 1972 and they traveled to Northwest Arts and Craft festivals selling their wares, enjoying the adventure.
Over the years, as experience gives us knowledge, Jim built and purchased many other pottery wheels and kilns. When pottery equipment was not available, he learned how to turn on a wood lathe, experiencing the shapes, centering and balance which influences his pottery.
Jim draws his inspiration from nature, items picked up on his walks, his travels, and of course the inspiration from other great potters-past and present. When asked about his most interesting piece of pottery, he says it should be the next one coming out of the kiln.