Valerie James 

Valerie James trained in painting and sculpture at UCW Aberystwyth. She creates unique and spiritual sculptures that feature all kinds of wonderful women: sisters, mothers, wise women and forest dwellers. Birds and trees are other subjects close to her heart. She uses themes of mythology, dreams, symbolism and nature to create her stoneware and porcelain pieces, hand-crafted with underglazes, oxides, glass and lustres. Her works often have a pagan aura, particularly her distinctive "Madonna" series. She strives to add a little something of her soul's journey though life in everything she makes, evoking feelings of nurturing and comfort, and Mother Nature's gently guiding hand.

Valerie James - Venus Cauldron
Valerie James - Venus Cauldron

This ceremonial vessel is based upon the mythic cauldron of Celtic history combined with the Nkisi power figures of the African Songye culture. The goddess figures around the rim are intended to be removed from the cauldron, given to a person in need and then returned to their place when their work is complete. £895

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Valerie James - Pandora's Box
Valerie James - Pandora's Box

When the lid of Pandora's Box was opened, everything flew out. Hope was left, so we hold onto hope. The dancing figures on the lid represent this hope. £795

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Valerie James - Enigma
Valerie James - Enigma

Enigma represents the strangeness of life - how nothing appears to be as it seems. The figures are intended to be querying something in the foreground, perhaps the viewer. Stoneware, oxides, under/over glaze and gold lustre £595

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Valerie James - Tresaith
Valerie James - Tresaith

Work originally commissioned by the Aberystwyth ceramics archive and represented in its present form. Tresaith is a piece that is an interpretation of a medieval Welsh myth of seven princesses sent across the sea arriving in Tresaith, Ceredigion, in search of seven husbands. £995

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Valerie James - Tree Of Myddfai
Valerie James - Tree Of Myddfai

This sculpture celebrates the 400 year history of the fabled Physicians of Myddfai. The tree with its guiding spirit represents the great natural world surrounding the village of Myddfai - a world which supplied the herbal healers of Myddfai with an abundance of medicinal cures. £695

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Valerie James - Bird Magic Box
Valerie James - Bird Magic Box

£225

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Valerie James - Wedding Under the Tree
Valerie James - Wedding Under the Tree

£245

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Valerie James - Pagan Madonna II
Valerie James - Pagan Madonna II

£325

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Valerie James - Unconditional Love
Valerie James - Unconditional Love

£145

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Valerie James - Yew Bottle Vase
Valerie James - Yew Bottle Vase

£95

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Valerie James - Songbird
Valerie James - Songbird

£225

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Valerie James - Bird in the Hand I
Valerie James - Bird in the Hand I

£220

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