Jim Tripp started making pottery in 1972 after signing up for a course at Robeson Community College on a whim. Today, the shelves of his Lumberton studio are overflowing with pieces, many of which were made using such a wide array of techniques and textures, it’s hard to believe they were sculpted by the same pair of hands. During the mid-1980s, Jim began teaching his own pottery class at RCC.
When he’s not sitting behind his potter’s wheel, Jim can be found filling prescriptions at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he works as a pharmacist.
Jim loves to make many different types of pottery from traditional ware, to abstract forms, to Raku forms. Many of his most popular designs were made using a technique called horsehair raku, where carbon trials left from the strands of equine hair are emblazoned into pottery.