Jenna at Winding Road Studio - Potter
I have been asked many times why I do so many different things, my best answer is that I am a restless soul, with too much in my mind that wants release. I am always trying to find the best medium to express the journey, the connection and find that inner balance. The things I make resonate with my passion for the inner and outer worlds. I strive to imbue everything I do with an energy, be it whimsy or wisdom that others can connect with and enjoy.
I have been doing pottery since 1992. My pottery can be found through out the U.S. and in 8 countries around the globe. I can't remember a time when I wasn't painting or piddling in some form of art. Mostly I divide my time between the many different forms of art that call to me. In the winter I can be found painting, quilting, weaving or batik. In the spring I segue back into pottery, stained glass and broom making. During the summer months I add soap making, jewelry, teaching classes and whatever new form catches me.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I think I have always been an artist. I have been pouring creativity into everything I do, since I was a child. The moniker of “artist” was something I avoided until that last 5 years or so. I acquiesced to the label when I realized that it had only the power and meaning that I chose to give it. (I sound really difficult don’t I? ~laughing~)
How does your personal story/background influence your work?
My personal story and background are the foundation through which I view the world. Everything passes through those filters and impacts my work. I have created pieces based on world events, on a story I heard from someone I met on the street, from a moment sitting drinking tea under the trees. If you are open to Life it will touch and transform you. I chose to take that transformational quality, that Magic and imbue into what ever form of art I am working on.
Which of your works are you most proud of?
Any piece that has touched someone, made them smile, or has resonated deeply with them.
What is the hardest part about being a professional artist?
Making a living wage.
Who are other artists that inspire you?
I am inspired by all artists. Truly, anyone who can take what they see and feel and create something that reflects it is an amazing gift. If you are looking for local artists, The late Annis Mccabe, R.K. Williams who is a folk artist, Aiden Davis photographer.