My name is Jess Palmer. I'm a studio potter living and working in Port Chester, New York with my husband Pete. For the past 8 years I have been making mostly functional porcelain pots and jewelry in a thriving shared community clay studio. My former career as a Creative Director and Designer has greatly influenced my body of work. The objects I create are thrown, rolled, altered, decorated, and manipulated with my own two hands. Each piece is handmade, by me, in every way.
Meticulously designed surfaces coupled with modern elegant forms.
Modern doesn't have to mean minimal. My work strikes the balance between form and decoration while remaining fresh and in tune with contemporary ceramics. Although influences such as Art Deco architecture can be seen in my work, they are not literal in their translations. My designer's mind boils everything down to geometry, line, pattern, decoration, and color.
I use a wide range of surface techniques on my pieces including; incising, mishima, stamping, altering, sprigging, and slip-trailing. Adding fine lines and subtle surface alterations to the clay is what excites me about the process. I am a highly detail-oriented person, for this reason, my medium of choice is porcelain. The clean smooth surface gives me a perfect canvas for the delicate details I employ. I try not to limit myself to one style or technique. I am interested in constantly evolving the work by exploring different ways of combining themes and patterns together in harmony with the form.
Color is signficant to me. I like colors that evoke relaxation, calm, and inner peace. Generally I tend towards whites, blues, turquoise, soft greens, and grays. I often add a pop of red, coral, or gold luster as a counterpoint to my mostly monochromatic palette.
Working with clay has helped me heal in many ways. This medium is so forgiving, yet has a way of humbling and challenging you at every turn. Clay has truly changed my life and I'm grateful for having found it.