Jennifer Stein

 My first exposure to ceramic arts was during a raku workshop at Vassar College.  Taking a break from my Italian literature studies I wandered down to their rudimentary pottery studio and tried my hands at throwing at a potter’s wheel.  Not realizing this clay would be my destiny, I went on to obtain my MA in Italian from Yale.  Following several years working a job and parenting two children, I awoke to my repressed passion, and I reacquainted myself with the joys of creating with clay.   

Since 1994 I have been continuously throwing functional ware and making sculptural objects, experimenting with form, technique, and glaze formulations.  After a few years working and teaching in other studios, my husband and I built a custom multi-media studio in Ramsey, NJ, where I can focus on pottery, but also dabble in metals, sculpture, and glass.  Over the years I have made miniatures, large bas-relief mosaics (one installed in the city of Alba in Italy) functional ware, figurative sculpture, and even bathroom sinks.  I have worked in stoneware, porcelain, paper-clay, colored clay, and raku.