Jennifer has been working in clay for over 25 years. Her passion and pursuit of new ideas is evident in her body of work. Form and function are equally important in her pottery.
About the work
Jennifer puts a twist on traditional ceramic shapes by using vibrant colors or the raw clay highlighted with a gold luster. She works with a white porcelain clay as well as a dark brown stoneware clay and creates intricate patterns with a sgraffito technique. She is inspired by her favorite artists (Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, Wayne Bates to name a few), Native American pottery of the Southwest and Alaska, fashion and home decor trends as well as her faith. Jennifer throws most of her work on the wheel, but she also handbuilds from slabs. Her pottery is also food -safe, microwave and dishwasher friendly. Like all handmade ceramics, thermal shock (ie a dish that comes out of a hot dishwasher and has ice cream put in it.) can cause cracking. Each piece is custom made with great care and love...most are one of a kind. That being said, Jennifer encourages you to use and enjoy her work-don't just leave it on a shelf!
Art Education was Jennifer's intended major in college. However, after one ceramics class at Towson University, she knew that ceramics was something she could pursue indefinitely. She graduated from TU in 1995 with a B.S. in Fine Art. Jennifer began her career selling directly to the public at craft shows and filling custom orders. She currently has work in C'Ville Coop Gallery and the James Monroe's Highland Museum shop in Charlottesville. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/cimpottery and Instagram @carved_in_mud to see what shows she is participating in and what she's working on!
Jennifer is also a writer. She writes about life and art and small things that strike her as meaningful. She is a contributing columnist to the Richmond Times Dispatch. You can read some of her columns here.
She was recently featured on CBS 6's "Made in RVA" series. You can watch her segment here.