Klinger Studios

About James

Many of our collectors and students like to know about the people behind the art. Here is where we tell you a little about our backgrounds, interests and inspirations. If you wish to reach us to discuss a purchase, a commission, or a class or workshop proposal, feel free to do so by dropping us an email; a link is at the bottom of every page. Thanks for your interest!

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Jim in the Clay Studio

Opening the raku kiln at 1800 degrees.

Pieces catch fire as they are transferred to the can for the final stage of the raku process.


Ceramic Studio Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence, Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH: kiln firings for all clay classes, ordering of materials, glaze mixing, studio and equipment maintenance, 1990-2012

Architectural Designer/Draftsman: Paul J. Striebel and Associates, Dayton, OH, 1988 - 1991; Donnell Design Group, Dayton, OH, 1986-1988; Levin-Porter Associates, Dayton, OH, 1985-1986

Art Department Chair, Carroll High School, Dayton, OH, 1977-1985 
Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH, 1990-2012
Carroll High School, Dayton, OH, 1977-1985
Sinclair College, Dayton, OH, coursework in Architectural Technology, 1983-1985
Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, coursework in Music Studies, 1983-1985
Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 1971-1976, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1976 
Recipient of Individual Fellowship Grant from Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, 1999 and 2003 

One-man exhibition, Edison College, Piqua, OH, 2008

Rosewood Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Retrospective, invitational exhibition, 2007
Earth in Balance, A Regional Clay Competition, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH, 2002-2006, (awards 2002 - 2005)
“Featured Artist,” Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Dayton Clay II exhibit, 2005
University Hall, University of Cincinnati, OH, “Elements of Nature,” invitational, mixed media exhibition by Art Design Consultants of Cincinnati, 2004
Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, OH, three-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 2004
The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, Kentucky, one-person exhibition, clay sculpture, 2002
One Dayton Centre, Dayton, Ohio, one-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 2001
Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, Ohio, one-person exhibit, mixed media clay sculpture, 2001
Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio, Hypotenuse Gallery, one-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 1999
Colonel White Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, one-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 1999
Stivers Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, two-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 1998

Edison Community College, Piqua, Ohio, one-person exhibit, clay sculpture, 1997

Coconut Grove, FL, 2007 and 2006; Naples National, Naples, FL, 2006; Bonita Springs (FL) National Art Fest, 2006, 2007; Las Olas Art Show, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2006, 2007; Summerfair Cincinnati, OH, 2002-2014; Cain Park Art Festival, Cleveland, OH, 2002-2011; Art and Apples Art Festival, Rochester, MI, 2006 and 2007; Brookside Art Festival, Kansas City, MO, 2005; Winterfair Columbus, OH, 2002-2005; East Lansing (MI) Art Festival, 2002, 2014; Crosby Gardens, Toledo, OH, 2002-2003; Sugarloaf Novi (MI) and Gaithersburg (MD), 2002-2006   

JAMES KLINGER  is an artist, musician, and teacher.  He has a bachelor's degree in Art Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and he has studied at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Sinclair College in Dayton. James' ceramic sculpture and pottery are represented in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and Asia.  He has exhibited his art in several states since 1991. 

   Prior careers include eight years in architectural design, eight years in secondary art education and thirty years as a professional musician.  His most recent spiritual apprenticeship was with the Peruvian teacher Oscar Miro-Quesada.  James is known for his long-standing relationship with raku ceramics, an ancient, Japanese art form which combines Buddhist philosophies, raku ware, and the Zen tea ceremony.  Initially pulling inspiration from the East, this Midwestern artist now weaves Andean and Celtic cosmologies into a global fusion.

     A passionate Ecologist, James says his work remembers the time when the mineral, plant and animal kingdom were sacred. He believes we must strive to reconnect with nature to heal ourselves and our planet.

   The ancient art of raku dates back to 16th century Japan.  Originally from the Chinese, the character for raku means: "contentment, enjoyment, pleasure, and best in all the world."  The first raku pottery pieces were created by an immigrant potter who was chosen by an influential Japanese tea master to produce wares of refined simplicity for the sacred Zen Buddhist tea ceremony. 
    Raku has been westernized over the years, but it is still, basically, the process of firing clay in an outdoor kiln to a temperature of around 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.  The clay piece is then removed from the kiln with tongs and placed into a can of combustible material, such as straw.  After the piece flames up, the can is covered tightly with the lid, thus depriving it of oxygen; this is called post-firing reduction.  The flames seek oxygen from the clay, so they leave their colors and markings on the piece in random patterns.  The colors on the finished piece reflect the interaction between the flames and the precious metals--copper and silver--in the glazes.  Each raku piece is therefore unique; it is impossible for any two pieces to be the same.  Raku is fragile and should be handled like glass.

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