Human beings are composed of many layers, created by life experiences. Our “human layers” can be likened to the layers of surface built up on the walls in an old home. Some layers covered and hidden, some revealed through wear, age, and time. I strive to show these “human layers” through my glazing palette. The use of heavy, cracking slip conveying a guarded layer, covering an area that was once beautiful or adorned. The two contrasting elements allow the viewer to question whether the piece is being covered or revealed; if layers are being accumulated or shed.
“My 45 Years” is a collection of images from the last four and a half decades that have resonated with me personally. I have chosen the cup form to carry these images. Its simple design offers space for content and its familiarity allows approachability. I chose the images not to impose to the viewer that they were most important, as they only represent my experience. It is my hope that this piece sparks conversation, whether it is feelings of anger, happiness, or nostalgia. These human emotions connect us, allowing for our personal experiences to become universal.
MFA-Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA- Crafts with a Concentration in Ceramics, The University of the Arts. Jessica Wilson was born and raised in New Jersey. Jessica was a studio technician at The Penland School for Crafts, The Brambleton Center, The Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Main Line Arts Center. She completed residencies at both Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts and St. Petersburg Clay Company. Jessica worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics at The State College of Florida and Eckerd College’s Program for Experienced Learners. From 2013-2017, she was Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Western New Mexico University located in Silver City, N.M. Since 2018, she has been working at Tennessee Tech University as Associate Professor of Ceramics. She maintains an active studio practice and exhibits her work nationally.