In James’ current ceramic practice, sneakers become the object of interest; and the use of slip casting becomes the process par excellence in capturing all the subtle details in these complex forms. James pushes our familiarity with these common objects by altering their surfaces through the use of various firing techniques. Her experimentation in ceramic process creates work that is personal, and unique to her own experience. Through the merging of James’ love of ceramics and sneakers as a cultural icon, she is able to explore ideas about her own identity, while staying motivated to inspire and nurture creative spirit among young Black artists.
It was not until 2011 that James discovered her passion for ceramics during her undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University (Sociology, c/o '13). Since then, London's vision has always been to bring ceramics to underrepresented communities like those she grew up in. London is doing just that as a ceramics teaching artist in Watts with an after-school program powered by Heart of Los Angeles, giving students a fun creative outlet she once lacked.
Super Bowl Nike House of 56 (2022)
Solo Exhibition, Portland OR (2021)
Beverly Center Lost Warhols (2019)
LMU Juried Laband Exhibition, honorable mention (2012)
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