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Jamie Tells Us About Herself:
It was in high school where I had my first exposure to clay. I took a ceramics class senior year and immediately got hooked into hand building. Instead of doing the regular projects, the teacher okay’d an alternative project that caught my fancy. I ended up making a chess set – the pieces plus the board. Aside from another semester in college learning to throw, I would not come back to ceramics for several years .
When I found my way back, it was through a work colleague who highly suggested BHC. I started taking classes and became a regular. Attending BHC became a great antidote for all the stresses of the high tech world. I learned to make functional pottery on the wheel first and then expanded into hand building.
When I redid my kitchen I desired to make my own tile for the backsplash. As I researched this, I became fascinated with architectural ceramics. In addition to achieving that goal, I also created tiles for my front porch and then sconces for my outdoor lighting in the back yard. That was just the beginning.
I had picked up the book “architectural ceramics” by Peter King and that taught me to think even bigger. Thirsty for more knowledge I wanted to take some classes. I found one in Florida by the author himself and started the enrollment process. While doing more searches I happened upon www.archetecturalceramics.org . Here was someone doing the same work but just over the hill in Santa Cruz!
Marni Jaime was a former partner of Peter King. I called to find out if she was offering classes. She had none at the time. I then asked if she needed help. So began my apprenticeship. I studied with her for over 2 years. In the process I learned how to create large scale projects. I worked on floors, sinks, door surrounds, fountains, and fireplaces.
I am continually amazed at what people can do with clay. It’s exciting to see what unfolds.
Take a look at some of Jamie’s Work!
Jamie’s work will be available at our online store beginning next week.