Assistant Professor of Ceramics
“I am fascinated with clay as a material; it’s innate ability to be molded and shaped into what I desire. I use clay to illustrate my emotions; whether through the beauty and peacefulness of a vessel, or the strange complexity of a sculpture.”
Jessica was born New Jersey; received an AA in art from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, a BFA in Ceramics from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and an MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design.
Jessica's awards and Honors include: Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Fellowship; Zeldin Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Ceramics; Promising Artist Award; The University of the Arts; William Daley Studio Achievement in Crafts Award; Eastech Chemical Company Award for Excellence in Ceramics; Philadelphia College of Art and Design Student Award. She continues to exhibit her work nationally.
Jessica has worked as head of ceramics departments/ studio technician for over five years at Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences in LBI, NJ, Main Line Arts Center in Haverford, PA, as well as Penland School for Crafts in Penland, NC. She has been a resident artist at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL. She has assisted in the building of many kilns including soda, salt and downdraft kilns. She has taught ceramics through State College of Florida and Eckerd College for five years before making her way to WNMU.