JEANNIE ICHIMURA - CLAY WRANGLER
San Francisco, California
MFA, Fine Art, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
BA, Art, Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Horiuchi Ceramic Studio, Osaka, Japan
I examine notions about identity as we age. How much of a person’s identity is self-constructed and how much is socially created? With a focus on empathy as a means of communication, I make objects that investigate human relationships, parenthood, sexuality, and aging.
While clay is my predominant medium, I often use fabric soaked in porcelain slip, fusing glass, and found objects to complete my work. I consider how we transform as we grow and change, and my work is based on a blend of my observations and personal experiences. It’s about the “process of becoming”.
Where I Teach:
Lecturer, San Francisco State University, School of Art, San Francisco, CA, Spring 2018-present
Courses taught: Introduction to Ceramics, Ceramics on the Wheel
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University, School of Art and Art History, Santa Clara, CA, Fall 2018
Courses taught: Introductory and Advanced Ceramic Sculpture
Ceramics Instructor, Sharon Art Studio and Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2014-present
Classes taught: Potter's Wheel, Porcelain Jewelry Workshops, Hand-building Workshops, Teen Ceramics