Jim is a long-time Salem area potter. He began working with clay in the early seventies while living in Gresham. He moved to Salem in 1974 and had a home studio with a wheel and propane gas-fired kiln. A new family and moving to a new home curtailed Jim’s ceramic pursuits for a while, but he got re-involved with pottery at the former Salem Art Association’s Visual Art Center (VAC) as an instructor and artist. Jim currently teaches wheel-throwing and whistle-making classes at the Willamette Art Center (WAC). Jim’s classes are structured around student needs. The focus is on developing skills and/or achieving particular projects. Jim recently retired after 25 years of working for Oregon’s Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight, so he can now spend more time at the WAC “playing in the dirt!” His work can be seen at The River Gallery in Monmouth, Elsinore Framing and Art in Salem, White Oak Gallery in Silverton, and The Oaks Gallery at the Willamette Art Center located on the Oregon State Fairgrounds.