Jessica Fortier Kreutter

What clay body do you use?


"Cone 6 porcelain"


 

Primary forming method?

"Hand building"


Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 5/6"


Favorite surface treatment?

"Sanded unglazed surface"


Favorite Tools?

"Sponge." 


Describe your studio environment.

"My studio is at Box13 ArtSpace. We are a non-profit,artist run studio and exhibition space with 25 resident artists and 18 different exhibitions a year. Box 13 Artspace has dedicated itself to providing affordable studio space and exhibition space for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. http://box13artspace.com"





How/Where do you market & sell your artwork?

"Exhibitions, website"


What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
"Making a piece that responds to a space or object. There is always a new way to work with clay."


Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
    "I grew up in Denver, CO. I moved to Portland, OR to get an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and lived there for fourteen years. In my college years, I started working in clay and continued to do so until, at the age of 32, I went back to graduate school for ceramics at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduate school, I traveled for three years following artist opportunities and going to seven different artist residencies. In 2013, I settled in Houston after coming here for the residency at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. I am now a full-time art faculty member at Houston Community College where I teach ceramics and sculpture and I have a studio at Box 13 ArtSpace."



    How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to other artists?
      "Teaching"



      What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

        "Consider everything- especially the edges and bottoms.

        Also the list Ten Rules for Students and Teachers- inspired and popularize by John Cage, written by Sister Corita Kent" 



        Website URL and other social media platforms:

        www.jessicakreutter.com

        https://artaxis.org/jessica-kreutter/

        http://www.accessceramics.org/results/artist/37/

        Instagram: jfkreutter


        Bio:

        Jessica Kreutter has lived and made work in Denver, Portland, Knoxville and, currently, Houston. She has been a resident artist at Anderson Ranch, Vermont Studio Center, Art342, PlatteForum, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Caldera and The Oregon College of Art and Craft. In 2013, she designed an ice sculpture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and created an unfired clay installation for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Project Space. Her clay installation work is featured in the January 2014 Issue of Ceramics Monthly.  She has shown at Vertigo Gallery (Denver), Castle Gallery (New York) and Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas). In Houston, recent shows include Art League Houston, BLUEorange and SITE Gallery at the Silos on Sawyer for Sculpture Month Houston. In 2016, she was a recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant. She is full time art faculty at Houston Community College.


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