Jessica Putnam-Phillips is a ceramic artist, USAF veteran, and educator. She actively promotes ceramic art and education and is the founder of ClayShare.com, an online school for ceramic learning. Jessica’s work has been in national and international exhibitions, most notably at the Museum of Craft and Design, the Craft and Folk-Art Museum, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. When not traveling for workshops, presentations and residencies Jessica can be found in her Vermont studio developing and filming classes for ClayShare.com and creating new ceramic work.
As a reflection of my own military experience, I explore the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom ceramic tableware. Using the notion of “serving” I create objects associated with serving a meal depicting military women serving their country, combining military iconography with traditional elements of transfer-ware patterns.
Female soldiers in a war-torn landscape are surrounded, not by enemies but by traditional floral borders embellished with gold and soft feminine colors. This re-imagining subverts the once benign decoration while creating a personal narrative, and contemporary social commentary. Through non-traditional imagery I seek to challenge the entrenched ideas of domesticity and gender roles while exposing the social and cultural issues faced by military women.
Ladies in Waiting
Porcelain, iron oxide decals, vintage enamel transfers, china paint, gold luster, cone 6, multiple china paint, decal and luster firings
64”w x 31”h x approx. 2”
Not for sale
Porcelain, slip trailing, iron oxide decals, vintage enamel transfers, china paint, gold luster, cone 6, multiple china paint, decal and luster firings
15” x 15” x 2”