My primary interest in ceramics has always been functional ware with a decided bent towards the decorative. With function as its primary touchstone, my work is made to be handled and regarded. I like this sort of connection between art and utility. I don’t consider the parameters of functionality to be limiting; nor do I believe that being suited for a purpose requires my work to be overly predictable or ordinary. Rather, harmonizing the demands of utility with those of imparting some measure of magic to everyday things, is a challenge I find inspiring. As I work on a piece, then, I aim to infuse an extra dimension that delights the user’s senses and illuminates what otherwise might have been a mundane moment. My work is made loosely to belie the stone-like quality of fired ceramic. I alter, decorate, and embellish both wheel thrown and hand built pieces and have little concern with exactness or symmetry. My primary sources of inspiration are Victorian and Art Nouveau decorative arts where enchanting the eye with extravagance and excess is paramount and the principle of “less is more” is delightfully ignored!
Currently an Associate with The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and a member of the Potters Guild, Jill graduated with a degree in Ceramics from a cooperative program at The George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Since then, she has continued taking advanced courses in ceramics and has attended many clay workshops around the country. Before coming to Philadelphia, Jill owned a pottery in Tampa, FL. In her previous life, Jill was a practicing attorney in Washington D.C. .