James Lemon (b.1993) is a New Zealand born ceramicist working and living in 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 practice is also collaborative.
As of May 2019, Lemon has his work available at his first Flagship Ceramic Studio/Shop. The physical location of the space is 41 Arthurton Rd, Northcote, VIC. Conveniently situation opposite Northcote Train Station and beside The Herbert Cafe.
He often works with artists and designers to develop a range of products and artworks. In addition to his online shop, his work is stocked in various local contexts including Modern Times, Pepite and Pinky’s. Lemon has also been featured in The Design Files, Real Living Magazine and Broadsheet.
Lemon's institutional based work lies with establishments such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Heidelberg Museum of Modern Art.
Lemon's collaboration with the NGV is a responsive collection prompted by the summer exhibition, Escher x Nendo | Between Two Worlds. His collection, 'Relativity', lends a tactile and fluid inverse to M.C. Escher's mechanical design. The organic nature of Lemon's wares, combined with the monochrome of M.C. Escher's collection, offer moments of tension within a place of order.
In collaboration with fellow Ceramic artist Tantri Mustika, Lemon has produced an exclusive collection for the Heidelberg Museum of Modern Art. 'Limoncello' is a body of work that seeks to combine two artists' formative styles in objective design practice. With visuals likened to melting marble and summer skylines, 'Limoncello' offers a speculative space to push structural, functional and aesthetic boundaries.