James Lemon (b.1993) is a New Zealand born artist working from Northcote, Melbourne. He explores and experiments with clay as a generative activity to develop works that are sculptural and functional.
His signature handmade functional wares are highly tactile, playful and dynamic objects. While they are produced via traditional production methods of throwing, they are also warped to express movement and gesture.
Lemon's range of functional ceramics can be found far and wide, from his Northcote showroom to the National Gallery of Victoria and Heide Museum of Modern Art who commissioned him to produce pieces for their respective design stores. Lemon's work has also recently been collected into the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Victoria.
Lemon's functional ceramics are a body of work compromised of stoneware ceramics 'vessels' with highly gestural surface abstraction. These upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of functionality inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent, a celebration of materiality. Using clay as a photograph, moments of bodily intervention are captured in the pliable and unforgiving forms and then used as canvases for painterly abstraction.
Lemon's flagship shop and studio is located in Northcote at 41 Arthurton Road. It is conveniently situated opposite Northcote train station and beside the Herbert Cafe. His work is also stocked locally at stores including Modern Times, Boom Gallery, Pepite, Pinky’s. Lemon has also been featured in Vault magazine, The Design Files, Real Living Magazine and Broadsheet.