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Jennifer Rosseter at Morean Center for Clay
St. Petersburg, FL
My work is informed by my love of graphic design and illustration. As a narrative of my surroundings, I employ a variety of methods to create imagery on clay, including sgraffito and traditional printmaking techniques modified for my own purposes.
I work from the Morean Center for Clay, one of the largest working potteries in the southeast and home to numerous professional ceramic artists. I am a practicing ceramic artist, painter, and graphic designer.
What type of clay do you use?
Stoneware, primarily Laguna and Highwater varieties.
What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 6 electric.
What is your primary forming method?
Both wheel thrown and hand built.
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Do you make any of your own tools?
I explore many, many tools to find my favorites — primarily purchased tools. I have acquired quite a collection of ceramic tools and also a great selection of amazing brushes. I like to search out art stores when traveling abroad for tools.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
The many amazing artists that work alongside me.
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
Bailey slab roller. Purchased used, but amazing. Has a long life of creative adventures ahead.
What are your top three studio wishes?
1. Develop some sculptural projects that live in my head
2. Looking ahead to some educational opportunities to enhance my practice
3. More tools!
What’s on your current reading list?
Bergdorf Blondes. I like beach reading! It’s my biggest indulgence!
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Is that possible? Experimenting with silkscreening for rice paper transfers and directly onto clay.
How do you recharge creatively?
I’m surrounded by very talented artists. I only need to take a walk through my studio for inspiration. In addition, it’s about experimentation for me.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Do things in tens and twenties. Learning and efficiencies come after making the same thing ten or twenty times.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Increase efficiency in my work without sacrificing a level of quality that satisfies me. First I need to please myself. Then I hope others like it too
What did you first piece look like?
My first piece was a mug. Then I quickly moved to plates and sgraffito. I can’t help myself from drawing and painting on basically everything.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
Speed. Because I could get so much done! I collect ideas in my head and my sketchbook but most will never materialize because… time.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
I have had several great instructors and always invite learning but don’t have a specific mentor.
What is your studio playlist?
I like podcasts and often just quiet. I find too much noise distracting.
Why do you create art?
I can’t help myself. Art is a part of my being. It materializes in design, painting, and ceramics. Ceramics has taken hold of me and won’t let me go!
What is your best studio tip?
Keep showing up. Consistency is the key to success. Just keep making. Then do it again. Rewind and repeat. And please yourself first.
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?