Oneil, Jean

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Jean Oneil,
Englewood, FL


Website:
http://www.lemonbayclaycenter.com/jeanrsquos-artwork.html

Email: joneilstudio@gmail.com

Artist Statement:
I am a collector. When my hands are building a form, I pull from a collection of emotions and images experienced. An individualized eclectic trunk I have filled throughout my life continues to feed my creative expression regardless of the medium.

Studio Description:
My studio is in a 1958 old Florida high exposed beamed ceiling home converted into a ceramic studio that looks out onto a lush organic tropical food forest five blocks from Lemon Bay on the Gulf of Mexico.

What type of clay do you use?
White stoneware & dark chocolate brown

What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 5/6.

What is your primary forming method?
Hand build with templates and paddled into organic forms.

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Sgraffito.

Do you make any of your own tools?
No.

What one word would you use to describe your work?
Eclectic.

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
Windows that look out onto 100 year old oak tree.

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
My paddle.

What are your top three studio wishes?
My very best studio in Ocean Park, Washington. It was the best because I could hear the roar of the Pacific while I worked.

What’s on your current reading list?
I am revisiting Ruth Duck worth’s book.

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Use every bit of my clay and test my glazes before destroying a form.

How do you recharge creatively?
When my hands can’t create forms or figures, I write or paint. Have a meal with an array of artist.. surround yourself with artists of all kinds.

Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Make your studio fits your working style not someone else’s. Its your sanctuary where the best of you can emerge. Be there daily rain or shine.

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Perfectionism, inner critical voice..tell it to shut up and go forward.

What did you first piece look like?
Shit.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
A fairy like power waves a wand and all my glazing is done perfectly accept Sgraffito. I love that carving process.

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
John “Jack” Marshall was an American artist best known for his sculptures. He introduced me to clay.

What is your studio playlist?
Miles Davis, Van Morrison, Billy Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell.

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