ceramic artist

Jim Franco

photographs by gentl + hyers

"When I hold one of
my pieces, it just makes me happy.
It's not because I made it.
It's... I don't know. They're almost
like worry beads. They have a
calming quality."


“I really like taking my
time to craft a bowl, until I feel it is ready.
There’s a moment I love when
the shape of the wall gets to have this
beautiful slope, and I just need to
finish off the bottom. I think I’m getting
to the point now when I can say,
okay, that’s it. I actually find that’s the
hardest thing – figuring out
when to stop.”

“I like my shapes to be
sophisticated but my glazes to not be very polished.
I like to see the hand in the work.”


Our Mission

DARA Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.