LA artist faces heartbreak with special Nike sneaker


James from London, Untitled, slip-cast porcelain, 2021.

(Mezu Ofoegbu)

It’s part of Image Issue 4, “Image Makers,” a hymn to LA style luminaries. In this issue, we pay tribute to the people and brands who are advancing the city’s fashion culture.

Untitled (2021)
London James
10 x 5.5 x 4 inches
porcelain casting

A conversation with myself about grief

Ceramics has become a means of escape for me – a reprieve from social media, the latest trends and the hype of sneaker releases. By dreaming about this project, I was inspired to honor a beautiful life recently lost within the community. How do you truly honor a magnificent life in a world of performative measurement? Can I still be authentic using canvas as trendy as sneakers?

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

This play is about grief and loss in the community. Yellow crystal enamel springs from unexpected hope, providing both inspiration and motivation after sadness and loss. With a yellow ribbon, awareness and support is offered to those in mourning while honoring the tremendous social contracts we create throughout life.

London James is a 29-year-old Los Angeles-based ceramist from Chicago. She spent most of her childhood in Inglewood, California, and received 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 art line of ceramic sneakers, fusing two passions – kicking and clay. Follow her @porcelainsneakerhead


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