Functional, 2021. Thrown and found ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.
Platter from the Functional series, 2021. Thrown and found ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.
“I’m interested in the way things are made and the way they break. This series of work is about bringing those two processes together.” —Jeremiah Jenkins
Jeremiah Jenkins’s ceramics practice ranges from the traditional to experimental. With a foundation in wood firing and functional pottery, he pushes the boundaries of what art, form, and pottery can be. His practice includes taking objects and making subtle, but significant changes to alter their meaning.
During the pandemic these vessels came to represent the chaos of coping—homeschooling young kids, teaching online, and trying to stay present in the studio. With sharp broken fragments almost disabling the functionality of the vessels, Jenkins likens them to the feeling of struggling with mental health.
About the Artist
Jeremiah Jenkins was born and raised in Tennessee and is now based in Oakland, CA. He earned his BFA at East Tennessee State University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has had solo exhibitions at Transmission Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, Evergold Gallery, and Diablo Valley College and was a Facebook Artist in Residence in 2019. In 2015 he founded the fictional “Tenderloin Institute of Art” at SFAQ Project Space. Today Jenkins is the Ceramics Studio Manager at California College of Art.