Working in ceramics since 1975, Jim received his B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. He is currently the Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Jim's work is inspired by nature and guided by historical precedent. A major source of inspiration and stimulation comes from the teapots made in Yixing, China. His uniquely styled wheel thrown and carved work is typically made of stoneware or porcelain and often sandblasted after the final firing to achieve unique textures and highlights of gloss and matte surfaces.
"I like to build things. I like the feeling of finishing a series. I like opening kilns. And even after so many years working in clay, I still marvel at the magic that is the ceramic process." ~ Jim Connell, Rock Hill SC