Jessica Phillips

What clay body do you use?
" A variety of stoneware & porcelain."


    Primary forming method?

    "Wheel-thrown work but also some hand-building."


    Primary firing temperature?

    "Mid-range cone 6."


    Favorite surface treatment?

    "My absolute favorite is bare clay with no glaze."











    Favorite Tools?

    "My hands."

    Describe your studio environment.

    "A quiet refuge."









    How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

    "My work is currently available in Houston at Birch Modern Mercantile, Feliz Interiors, Forth & Nomad and in Brenham at Ballad of the Bird Dog. I sometimes also stock my web shop: shop.theynamedherjohn.com."





    What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

    "Everything I see inspires me. Sometimes in unexpected ways. I’ve been in love with clay ever since I was a tiny kid. I finally took my first ceramics class when I was 18 and never looked back. I think there is just something about the tactile quality of clay that makes it my favorite medium. I love photography, printmaking, metal working and painting but at the end of the day I always sink my hands back into clay."

    Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "My BA is in studio art with a ceramics concentration but I transitioned to design as I neared graduation. I worked professionally as a graphic designer for over 20 years but always found a way to work with ceramics on the side. A few years ago I had the opportunity to build a home studio and since then I’ve been able to increase my production and experiment more with my work. It’s really allowed me to embrace my love of clay and to shift my focus back to it."





      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to other artists?
        "I don’t like to give advice...mostly because I feel I am always still learning. But something I do share with other artists is how important it is to find the time/space for yourself and your art. Even when I can only take a moment for myself, it makes such a difference."


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

          A mentor of mine recently gave me a wonderful piece of advice. When I start to overthink the things I’m doing or get hung up on something, she reminded me that the most important thing is to “just do the work”.





          Website URL and other social media platforms:

            Website: www.theynamedherjohn.com

            Instagram: @they_named_her_john

            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theynamedherjohn

            Twitter: @theynamedherjon

            Bio: 

            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. 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.

            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.


              Contact ClayHouston at info@ClayHouston.org, OR ClayHouston, P.O. Box 667401, Houston, TX 77266

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