They Named Her John

Fleeting, 2019, Stoneware, acrylic paint & charred wood panel, 14 x 14, $1,200

Fleeting, 2019, Stoneware, acrylic paint & charred wood panel, 14 x 14, $1,200

Jessica’s early years were spent in Upstate New York and Houston. The daughter of an engineer and a photographer, she grew up in her father’s workshop and her mother’s darkroom.

The One v.3, 2019, porcelain, charred wood panel & thread, 12 x 12, $1,200

The One v.3, 2019, porcelain, charred wood panel & thread, 12 x 12, $1,200

When she wasn’t busy there, she could usually be found exploring the woods or making dirt bowls on the muddy banks of the stream near her house.

No End, 2018, Stoneware, 9 x 5 x 2.5, $750

No End, 2018, Stoneware, 9 x 5 x 2.5, $750

The submitted mixed media works are part of a series of pieces that explore permanence, the passage of time, memory and nostalgia.

Obligations, 2019, porcelain & charred wood panel, 12 x 12, $1,200

Obligations, 2019, porcelain & charred wood panel, 12 x 12, $1,200

Jessica’s ceramic work focuses on cultivating a quiet purity of form with a nod to the strong decisive lines of the industrial machinery she grew up with in her father’s workshop. Her ceramics bring together the soft elegance of wheel-thrown forms with contrasting stark graphic surfaces.

The One v.8, 2018, Stoneware & Acrylic Paint, 18 x 24, $1,800

The One v.8, 2018, Stoneware & Acrylic Paint, 18 x 24, $1,800

Through her work, Jessica seeks to illuminate the subtlety of human interactions, to highlight the tension between our physical separateness and our emotional connectedness.

The One v. 4, 2018, stoneware, acrylic paint, charred wood panel and thread, 20 x 24, $1,800

The One v. 4, 2018, stoneware, acrylic paint, charred wood panel and thread, 20 x 24, $1,800

Photo source: the artist

Photo source: the artist

About the artist:

Jessica earned a BA in Studio Art at The University of Texas Austin and, while working professionally as a graphic designer, has continued to work with ceramics for over 20 years. Currently Jessica works out of her home studio in Houston, TX.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.theynamedherjohn.com, as well as www.facebook.com/theynamedherjohn. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @they_named_her_john.


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