James Moody

Even as a young child I was interested in making things with my hands. wood carving, pottery, mud puddles.. In high school I was introduced to wood working, jewlery, plastics, photography, metal shop{with foundery casting}, ceramics {with wheel throwing}.. Wheel throwing pottery is one of the most enjoyable things i do. After I graduated high school, I felt lost without working with clay. The drive to make something with my hands led me in to Ventura Comunity College where I completed an AA degree and then went on to Chico State, where I was introduced to glass blowing..This was more fun than playing with clay .I split my major to ceramics/glass. I completed this degree, graduating with honors in 1990..In 1992 I bought my home and started my first studio,specializing in raku pottery.. in 1996 I was starting to get bored with clay and I built my first glass studio..and for ten years I focused on only glass blowing. In 2001, I moved the studio to Salina, K.S.. which worked out well. While there I was selected to show my art glass in the Arts in Embassies Program, and sent pieces of my work around the world…I also was able to teach classes through the Salina Art Center. In 2003 I returned to California and set up my third glass/ceramics studio now called Cherry Tree Studios, where I continue the life long quest to make art with my hands.