My work straddles several disciplines: wheel-throwing, sculpture and painting. I enjoy the contrast between the meditative and repetitive qualities of wheel-throwing and the looser, more instinctive action of drawing and mark-making on the final surface.
My work is heavily influenced by the environment around me. Colours and patterns in the coasts and landscapes of Scotland and Ireland find their way into my paintings and glazes.
Depending on the temperament of the piece, marks range from spontaneous incisions, to abstract paintings on porcelain or "wild" clay applied with handmade brushes. When I make marks, on clay or the page, I experience an exhilaration which I endeavour to retain in the final piece.
Jennifer grew up in Dublin and studied violin and music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and University College Dublin. She found expression through musical composition and performance before discovering clay.
After several years playing in bands, teaching and working in technology, in 2018 she was accepted onto the prestigious Ceramics Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Ireland. Under the expert tuition of master potters, she learned production throwing as well as glaze development and kiln technology.
In 2020, she received a Future Makers Award from the Design & Craft Council Ireland.
In 2021 “The Rushlight Character” - a porcelain form displaying her abstract imagery - was acquired by the National Museum of Ireland for their permanent collection.
Jennifer works from her studio in a 400-year-old-mill in the Angus countryside. She teaches pottery at the Edinburgh Design school.
National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Dublin, Ireland - “InForm”
Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
National Craft and Design Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland - “Hand to Hand”
Ceramics Ireland Annual Exhibition, The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Ireland - “Clay/Works”
Grennan Mill, Thomastown, Ireland - Summer Exhibition
Craft Potters Association
Scottish Potters Association