My creating process is slow.  Ceramics is exceptionally slow, from throwing a form, hand sculpting, hand carving texture, the drying process, bisque firing, and the final glaze fire.  None of my ceramics will ever move at a fast pace.  This process is what  forces me to slow down.  It cannot be rushed. Ceramics places my mind into a state of concentration, blocking out all external distractions.   My creating intention is to be at peace with small batches of inventory and commission pieces with a purpose.

denai jones: ceramics, pottery, handmade, artist, slow creating

denai jones: ceramics, pottery, artist, slow creating, handmade

What Brings Me Joy

I love working with my hands, making things is a deep part of who I am.  I am also a very tactile person and ceramics is a responsive medium. It is a joy to work with a material that comes directly from the earth. The feel and smell of clay is indescribable.  I adore the way the clay moves, bends, folds, and transforms. There are so many similarities between making ceramics and life. 

denai jones: artist, ceramics, pottery, handmade, slow creating

My Evolution

It takes decades to master ceramics successfully, and my pieces are nowhere near perfection, but I am happy to share my evolution along the way.  I have studied the last four years under Mark Churchill Ceramics in Ojai.  He has taught me the methodical steps of creating on the wheel, the drying process, trimming each individual piece, the unexpected results from the firing process, and the magic of glazes.  The ceramic community is wonderful and always inspire, share, and support one another.

My work is made in my home ceramic studio.  My handmade pieces are fired in my personal electric kiln.  I am grateful to be on this creative journey and thankful you have joined me along my way.