In 2010, James Ort gave up his career in conservation to focus on his art. He moved from Brighton to the village of Towersey to help run Phoenix Studio, a teaching studio run by his mother, Karin Ort.
When not running the studio, or teaching, James is creating his own art work. He loves experimenting with different mediums but predominantly works in ceramic and wire. His latest creations often combine the two mediums using a technique that he has developed himself. His style of working in clay is loose and expressive and these qualities bring life and energy to the pieces.
James has been heavily influenced by his grandfather, Brian Price Thomas, who illustrated a number of the Ladybird Children's Books (including the Gingerbread Man).