James Barela is an artist, designer, and gardener working in the field of sculpture and ceramics through his Austin-based studio practice. Using traditional handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques, he creates artwork that expresses movement, repetition, pattern, and imbues life in otherwise static sculptural forms. He uses his interest in plants and the environment to inspire the forms he creates.
His artwork has been acquired by both domestic and international collectors. James has also worked professionally as a graphic designer, creating the visual design of museum exhibitions on art, history, and culture. Originally from Santa Fe, NM, he credits his early upbringing for his interest in art, handicrafts, and the environment.