JamesRigler.co.uk is a fan site which is dedicated to the fantastic modern artist and sculptor, James Rigley. Born in New Zealand, James Rigley is a ceramic artist who has a fascination with the ‘hierarchy of objects,’ and that which separates everyday objects from works of art.

This site is a celebration of his work, an examination of many of his exhibits, as well as brief history about the man and his influence in modern culture. James Rigley’s experience, residencies and awards list is as illustrious and prestigious as his work.


He hes been debuted in these elite galleries, to name a few;

  • One London Wall, London
  • Madame Lillie’s, London
  • Turf Gallery, London
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Marsden Woo Gallery, London
  • Pollok House (National Trust for Scotland), Glasgow
  • Tramway, Glasgow
  • The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
  • Machintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
  • Puls Gallery, Brussels
  • The Duke & Duchess of Devonshire
  • ‘SOFA / Joanna Bird Gallery’, New York


  • 1st Place – Heal’s Archive Project
  • Grand Prize for New Talent, European Ceramic Context Biennial, Denmark
  • International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark
  • RCA Society Thames & Hudson Prize
  • Royal Overseas League Trophy Prize

James Rigler, who was born in New Zealand in 1978, now works and resides in Glasgow (as well as London). In 2007, James completed his MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in London, after which he began exhibiting his unique work both in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

James Rigley’s philosophy is: Believing that people form intimate attachments with household items. By daily use and constant skin contact with these items, we charge them with our own significance and meaning, elevating their status to ‘monumental’. In work which is both other-wordly yet strangely familiar, he evokes underlying narratives, exploring “the strange space between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”