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Jay Jensen

Jay Jensen

Jay Jensen’s functional ceramics begins on the computer using a CAD program to design the form, and then it is printed into flat patterns that will later be transferred to slabs of clay and folded into 3D forms. His work references the modernist design movement, technology, graphic design, and architecture. His approach to the development of the work stems from previous experience as a graphic designer and interest in combining technology with traditional pottery.

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Jay Jensen Platter at MudFire Gallery
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Jay Jensen at MudFire

Providing ongoing representation
Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010
Gallery group show Line and Color, April 2008

 

Jay Jensen Artist Statement

My functional ceramics begins on the computer using a CAD program to design the form, and then it is printed into flat patterns that will later be transferred to slabs of clay and folded into 3D forms. I also use the computer to design graphic patterns that are cut by a local sign company to create masks or resists for glazing the surface of my work. My approach to the development of my work stems from my previous experience as a graphic designer and my interest in combining technology with traditional pottery. In other words combining hard edge technology with soft clay that is put together with hands leaving traces of being handmade.

My work has references to the modernist design movement, technology, graphic design, and architecture. At the turn of the century, William Morris rejected the use of machines and embraced the importance of labor. Fifty years later Russell Wright used the latest technology to mass-produce affordable, well designed pottery for everyone to use in his or her homes. I find both designers to be important to my philosophy and values. Just as Morris valued the presence of the hand to be involved in the making, I find it important to spend hours designing on the computer, assembling slabs of clay, and glazing using intricate vinyl masks. I hope the user who purchases my work shares the joy of labor I exert. Although I may not be interested in mass production and providing a large community with affordable pottery as Russell Wright had done, I do feel it is important to provide people with well-designed approachable functional objects. It is important to myself as a potter to design things thoughtfully and beautifully and to make using objects enjoyable just as Wright had envisioned his clients to experience.



Jay Jensen Artist Resume

Education:
University of Wisconsin - River Falls - B.S. in Liberal Arts with an Art Major 1991
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MFA in Ceramics, 2005 Selected Exhibits
Selected Exhibitions:
2010
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Currents, University of Florida-Gainesville, Gainesville, FL, Jurors Choice Award
Constructed, Mudfire Clayworks&Gallery, Decatur, GA
3rd Biannual Concordia Continental, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2009
Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative, University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire, Eau-Claire, WI
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
NCECA Cup Show, Cervini Haas Gallery , Phoenix,AZ
Hudson Hospital, Healing Arts Exhibit, Hudson, WI
Mug and A Shot, Mudfire Clayworks & Gallery, Decatur, GA
Group Exhibition, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
2008
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
PotPouri, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY
Line and Color, Mudfire Clayworks & Gallery, Decatur, GA
Double Chamber: From the Kilns of Minnesota and Wisconsin, TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Contemporary Wisconsin Ceramics, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
Transformations; 6x6, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY
Wisconsin Arts Board Lobby Exhibition, Madison, WI
2007
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Forms and Shapes Inspired by Architecture, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Fresh Hands Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, KS (October 2007)
Recent work, Solo Exhibit, Phipps Center For The Arts, Hudson, WI
Mastery in Clay 2007, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006
Contemporary American Ceramics in Hakkaido, Hakkaido, Japan
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Portland, OR
Hudson Hospital, Healing Arts Exhibit, Hudson, WI
New Work, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Mastery in Clay 2006, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2005
30 x 5 Invitational Ceramic Exhibit, AKAR Design and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Mastery in Clay 2005, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Minnesota Community College Faculty Exhibition, Rochester Center For The Arts, Rochester, MN
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Group Show, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
ENDLESS VARIATIONS, Invitational, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
NORTHERN WOOD, Invitational, Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2004
MOVE, Invitational Exhibit, Rochester Center For The Arts, Rochester, MN
MANDATORY, Group Show, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
NEXT GENERATION, Invitational Exhibit, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2003
Recent work, Solo Exhibit, Phipps Center For The Arts, Hudson, WI
GRAD SALON, Group Show, Nash Teaching Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
MINNESOTA CLAY, Invitational, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
Faculty and student show, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2002
Recent work, Solo Exhibit, Clay Art Center Port Chester, NY
FEATS OF CLAY, Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Lincoln Arts, 540 F Street, Lincoln CA
WINTER FEST 2002, Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2002
HOLIDAY SHOW, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
GROUP SHOW, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
2001
Ceramics 2001, Juried Show, The Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
Soda National 2001, Juried Show, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT 59802
The 2001 Sydney Teapot Show, Invitational, Inner City Clay workers Gallery, Glebe, Australia
Faculty and student Show, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Regional ceramics invitational, Guenzel Gallery/Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI
Ceramics and glass invitational, Corning Community College, Corning, NY
A view of contemporary ceramics, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
Le Grand Buffet, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2000
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
SECOND ANNUAL TEAPOT SHOW, Invitational, Art Resources Gallery, Chicago, IL
CERAMICS INVITATIONAL, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN 2000
21st TEAPOT EXHIBITION, Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, North Hampton, MA
MINNESOTA CRAFT COUNCIL FESTIVAL 2000, Juried Show, St. Paul, MN
ENHANCEMENTS Handcrafted Functional Objects, Invitational, Exhibits USA Curated by Media Gallery, Garnett, KS
WOODFIRE 2000, Invitational, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
FOCUS ON FUNCTION, Juried Show, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Group Teapot Show, Juried Show, Art Resources Gallery, Chicago, IL