3. Cockatoo Trio
4. Stilts (our foreshore birds)
The formative shaping and decorative scoring on each piece display great freedom and fluency - James handles clay very well, fortunately with more expresssive vigour than expressive technique! His birds have a delicate and endearing personality expressed through what might be a simple turn of the head or a twist of the body. James rolls out thin sheets of clay and then wraps it around wads of paper - the shape is then teased out by pinching, pulling and adding "torn" pieces of clay where necessary. James L Peterson's creations have the capacity to involve the viewer at a range of levels and it is easy to agree with his summation that the work is ultimately about the vulnerability and fragility of nature.