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, whimsy, and an ever-developing set of motifs. She works in a variety of mid-fire stoneware clays 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. Jennifer throws most of her work on the wheel, but she also handbuilds from slabs. Her pottery is food -safe, and hand-washing is recommended. 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 in Charlottesville, Twig in Lakeside, and the Library of VA shop in downtown Richmond. 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!
She was recently featured on CBS 6's "Made in RVA" series. You can watch her segment here.