“I liked the smell of the clay, that earthy smell. I liked the feel. I also like the unlimited possibilities with clay.”
Jim Larkin built his pottery studio in 1973 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his wife, Barbara, who is also a potter. Larkin makes his work on the potter’s wheel while Barbara builds her creations by hand. Larkin brings an especially scientific background to his craft, having taught high school chemistry, math and physics before becoming a full-time potter. He has built many of his own tools and several wood-fired and gas-fired kilns. Larkin has also devoted much of his time to teaching pottery classes in his community, including a course called “The Science of Pottery,” which he designed for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and Arts in Hot Springs.