We have less than two weeks before our event, and we hope everyone is as excited as we are. Please let me introduce you to another of our many makers coming to The Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th. This is another in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Jennifer from Function-by Jennifer Creighton's response to a mini-questionnaire.
1. What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Jennifer Creighton, and I am a ceramic artist living and working in lake country in Northeast Indiana. I make functional wares for the home, from mugs and saucers to casserole dishes and dinnerware settings. My style combines clean lines with bright pops of color. A large portion of my work utilizes vintage illustrations and etchings, mainly medical in theme, that are applied via the transfer method. I find the combination of the brightly-colored glazes with the line quality of the vintage etchings to be a fun and interesting juxtaposition.
2. How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
Originally from Ohio, I attended Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Being a liberal arts school, one of the general education requirements was to take an art class. I put this off until my senior year, and then with a lot of huffing and puffing and exclamations of "I don't have TIME for an art class!", I decided to take ceramics. Literally, the decision was made because I was too nervous to try to draw or paint in front of other people, and the class fee for ceramics was more affordable. Plus, you know, I could make people Christmas presents! Score! Once class started, however, I quickly formed a deep fascination with and satisfaction from working with clay. I took to the wheel quickly and, within one semester, knew I wanted to keep working in clay. So I managed to snag one more class before graduation, and then after some time, moved to Angola where my ceramics professor, Steve Smith, had retired to. He opened a pottery studio and art gallery, and I was to be his assistant/apprentice. There, I met Rebecca Graves, who helped me understand product lines and cohesive visions. Without each of them, I probably would be doing something else entirely as a career. Thankfully, I met them both at the right time.
3. What is your best seller?
My anatomical pieces are my best sellers. Specifically, my Anatomy of Love wine cups and Human Skull mugs. Both images are from Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, and the line quality of the images is just superb.
4. How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?
I started doing joint shows with Steve and Rebecca in 2012. Last spring, I changed from cone 10 reduction glazes (very earthy and rich) to cone 6 electric glazes (bright colors and creams) and the customer response was enormous. In June of last year, I introduced my transfer image work, and my sales took off. Last winter I began doing shows on my own, and this year will be exclusively individual shows as well. This year will be the first Mom & Pop Shoppe (Crafty Mart Spring Show) I have done, and I'm excited!
5. The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
While I love The Beatles, it's gotta be the Rolling Stones for me. I love their edge, and some of my favorite childhood memories are of my mom wailing on the piano, playing "Paint it Black."
Many thanks to Jennifer for answering our questions and coming to Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe. We'll see everyone on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-5pm at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to locate Function-by Jennifer Creighton at the Akron Art Museum.