James Rigley is a contemporary ceramic artist, known for working with everyday objects, as well as clay, to form installations or sculptures which invite us to take another look at everyday functional objects; items we are accustomed to using as tools, and not seeing as works of art. He encourages to find deeper meaning in the objects and places around us by examining what he calls the ‘heirarchy of objects.’

Rigley’s work has gained international critical acclaim and has been displayed in many prestigious venues, including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Here is a collated list of his most notable achievements, in chronological order;

Exhibits and Collections

  • Devonshire’s highly-esteemed Duke and Duchess
  • Crafts Council UK
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum

Notable Honours

  • Grand Prize for New Talent, Denmark, European Ceramic Context Biennial


  • Principal Model & Mould-maker, Lamb’s Terracotta, Brighton
  • Ceramic Fabricator Clients includes: The Modern Institute, Pablo Bronstein, David Shrigley, Martin Smith, Studio Voltaire, Tatham O’Sullivan, and Simon Heijden
  • Visiting Lecturer University of Brighton, Royal Danish Design School, West Dean College, Royal College of Art


  • 2007: (Denmark) International Ceramic Research Centre
  • 2011: (Scotland) Cove Park, Argyle, and Bute
  • 2013/14: (London) V&A Museum
  • 2015: (Scotland) Hospitalfield Arts


  • 2012: (Glasglow) Room Service, Pollok House, Jerwood Makers Open, The Jerwood Space, London and touring nationally
  • 2013: (London) Perspectives – Patrons and Contemporary Objects, Contemporary Applied Arts,

The Fading City, Marsden Woo, Sculptural Ceramics, Pangolin Gallery, British Ceramic Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent.

  • 2014: Modern Masters, Chatsworth (Derbyshire), European Ceramic Context, Bornholm (Denmark), Military Secret, London Design Festival at the V&A(London)
  • 2015: At Every Fading of the Stars, Tramway, (Glasgow), Screen, Gate, Monument, British Ceramic Biennial (Stoke-on-Trent), Lyonesse, Marsden Woo Gallery (London)
  • 2016: (Wiltshire) Contemporary British Ceramics, New Arts Centre, Roche Court


  • BA (Hons) 3D Crafts, University of Brighton, UK (2002)
  • MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art, London (2007)