Jessica Jordan | Ceramics
Jessica Jordan’s ceramics are inspired by the natural corrosion of surfaces, aerial views of landscapes, the contrast of rough and smooth line, pattern and texture that are found on stones and other objects like wood, glass and metal that have been weathered and broken down from natural erosion such as water, frost and heat. Her work takes the form of vessels, sculptures or wall pieces. Her forms are hand-built using stoneware or porcelain body clay. The pieces once fired are washed over with oxides to highlight textures made on the surface of the ceramics pieces then fired up to 1260’c. Jessica explains more about her techniques and inspirations:
“My pieces of work are all handmade and include vessels, sculpture and jewellery pieces. The work is very organic in its use of colour and form I try to keep the work very earthy and natural, drawing heavily on my inspiration of the natural world. My work blurs the line between functional pottery and sculptural forms. My style developed naturally on its own, my very early work was rougher in finish and shape and used much more vibrant colours. Over the years as I learnt new techniques and improved my skills my work evolved and became the more finished and natural looking work I create today.”
“I live in Littlehampton, West Sussex, very close to the Sussex downs and the beach; I use aerial views of the downs, looking at the changing landscape through the seasons. The surrounding areas are a big influence to the work that I do; I develop my ideas through drawing, print and paint keeping a sketchbook of ideas using the inspiration from natural objects, the human figure and corroded surfaces. I love corroded surfaces, the contrast of rough and smooth line, patterns and texture that are found on stones, wood, glass and metal that has been weathered and broken down from natural erosion. I like to see how the landscape changes from month to month and the effects that farming the land has had, leaving patterns by man or nature.”
“I am very inspired by abstract art its use of colour, shape and form to express a feeling or a moment in time. I love the work of Ben Nicholson; he uses very natural tones of colour and simple shapes that are so pleasing to the eye. Mark Rothko also influences the colours I use on the surfaces of my work, it’s a dream like quality that I am after, mixed with the figurative influences of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. I also draw on the traditional studio pottery and modern/post-modernists ceramics for the shape and techniques used, artists such as Hans Coper, Dame Lucie Rie, Gordon Baldwin, Ewen Henderson, Alison Britton and Sarah Radstone.”
“What makes my work unique is that each piece is a one off, the pattern, texture and form of each piece is different due to the way I create them. The work changes every time you look at it or move around it, there is always some thing new to look at. The work is a mix of contemporary ideas with traditional making techniques. I hope that my work shows and expresses the spirit and essence of place and time. The pieces are hand built using either stoneware or porcelain that has been washed over with oxides and/or coloured slips to highlight the textures that are on the surface. Each piece is made as a one off and is made as a decorative piece of art.”
Jessica Jordan graduated from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College in 2003, with BA Hons in Three Dimensional Design followed by an MA in Contemporary Crafts, specialising in Ceramics in 2004. Since then Jessica has trained as a teacher of art in HE, as well as continuing her own practice.