Jim Connell, Red Sandblasted Carved Teapot 1, stoneware, 11x8.5x7 in
Jim Connell, Green Carved Teapot 1, stoneware, 14x11x8 in
Jim Connell, Green Carved Teapot 2, stoneware, 19x13x10 in
Jim Connell, Red Sand Blasted Carved Bottle, stoneware, 18x12x12 in
Jim Connell, Red Sand Blasted Carved Pitcher, stoneware, 19x6x6 in
"I strive for beauty and elegance in my pieces. On my very best days in the studio I get glimpses of it and it keeps me going. It is all about that eternal elusive quest for beauty.
My work is inspired by nature and guided by historical precedent. I was taught, and, now I teach my students, to look to the past for ideas and inspiration. I have always looked to China for my main source of inspiration. My love of Chinese ceramics was originally centered on the work of the Sung Dynasty. I deeply admired the great porcelain pieces of this period and they profoundly affected my understanding of form and proportion.
Over time, I began to appreciate and value the work of other Chinese periods. The Chinese Prehistoric Neolithic and the Tang Dynasty caught my attention. And lately, I have begun to draw a major source of inspiration and stimulation from the teapots made in Yixing, China."