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.
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
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
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