Each piece of Oak Cliff Pottery is handmade by artist James T. Olney. He mostly uses the potters wheel to throw his pots but he also sculpts and alters many of his pieces purely by hand. James learned his craft over a long apprenticeship with Master Potter Mark Hewitt which directly ties him into a long bloodline of potters tracing back many generations to England, Japan, and China. This tradition is the Leach/Cardew school of training named for Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew who was the teacher of James’ teacher. Because James trained under a Master Potter, James too has the title. An individual can only receive the title from another Master Potter and only after he has proven skillful and knowledgeable in the art of Clay.