Los Angeles Artist Faces His Grief With Special Nike Sneaker

James of London, Untitledslip-cast porcelain, 2021.

(Mezu Ofoegbu)

It’s part of Image’s #4, “Image Makers,” a hymn to LA’s style luminaries. In this issue, we pay tribute to the people and brands driving fashion culture forward in the city.

Untitled (2021)
james from london
10 x 5.5 x 4 inches
slip-cast porcelain

A conversation with myself about grief

Ceramic has become a means of escape for me – a respite from social media, the latest trends and the hype of sneaker releases. As I reflected on this project, I was inspired to honor a beautiful life recently lost within the community. How can I truly honor a magnificent life in a world of performative measures? Can I still be authentic using such a trendy canvas – sneakers?

Yes, the LA fashion umbrella is driven by trends and fads, to which the juxtaposition of authenticity and trends can also speak of heartache and loss. Also, owning your own authenticity in the grieving process is what really matters.

This piece is about grief and loss in the community. The yellow crystal glaze bursts with unexpected hope, bringing both inspiration and motivation after sadness and loss. Laced with a yellow ribbon, awareness and support are offered to those who are grieving while honoring the wonderful social contracts we create throughout life.

London James is a 29-year-old ceramist based in Los Angeles and originally from Chicago. She spent most of her childhood in Inglewood, California, and earned a BA in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University. London began studying ceramics independently at LMU in 2011 and discovered an undeniable passion for craftsmanship. In 2017, she created PorcelainSneakerhead (PSH), an exclusive line of ceramic sneaker art, merging two passions – kicking and clay. Am here @porcelainsneakerhead