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James DeRosso

DeRosso Design


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DeRosso Design
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Art Work Description

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Firing Methods
  • Electric
  • Oxidation
  • Mid-Range
Types of Clay Used
  • Stoneware
  • Porcelain
Forming Methods and Techniques
  • Slabs
  • Pinched
  • Paddled
  • Hand Built
Finishing Methods and Techniques
  • Painted Slips
  • Underglazes
  • Oxides
Forms Types
  • Cups
  • Tumbler
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Vase
  • Flower Vases
  • Decorative Vases
  • Bottles
  • Cylinders
  • Bowls
  • Planters
  • Vessel
Artwork Description
  • Functional
  • Non-Functional
  • Garden
  • Figurative
  • Multimedia
  • Sculpture
  • Vessel
  • Bright
  • Earthy
  • Complex
Artist Statement
I sculpt stoneware clay into monsters. They are utilitarian and/or whimsical with added found objects.
I have been making monsters in Portland for over 20 years. I am inspired by rust and decay and the fun creepy weirdness of people and animals. I also teach monster making to kids and adults and have a great time inspiring absurd creativity.
I have a fully equipped professional studio with two electric kilns, and I'm there more than 60 hours a week.
Almost every monster I make, I do a drawing or a sketch of it first. I capture my creative ideas better on paper and then consult those drawings while forming the clay. My next artistic venture is producing monster illustrations for everything from cards to story books.
I had super terrific art teachers in middle school and high school. They encouraged my love of clay and challenged me to push my abilities. I went on to major in Graphic Design in college, but also spent a great deal of time in the ceramics department. The monsters began during my senior year making "guardian creatures" to watch over the firings of the large gas kiln. (It was my job to load and unload it). Doing ceramics at night and on weekends slowly invaded my job as a designer. I finally had to quit my career and instead took on a part-time job as a handyman while I grew my ceramic business. It eventually became my full-time pursuit, including doing up to 10 art shows a year and teaching parties or workshops almost every week.

Clay Educators

Educator Type
  • Private studio
Description of your classes you offer
Teaches from 8-25 participants of any age how to make ceramic monsters. Can come to any location or at his studio located at SE 47th and Belmont St. Session is 90 minutes. Fee is $35 per participant.
James conducts monster making classes in schools also. Sessions run 60-90 minutes with all supplies provided. Fee is $300 to $400 depending on class size, includes firing. Reduced rate if school does the firing.
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