Jenifer Thoem

"I truly enjoy the challenge that comes from working with a medium that has its own defined boundaries, yet also a vastness of creative possibilities limited only by my imagination. "

Jenifer Thoem's work is driven by her need to find simplicity and inspiration in the world around her. She captures urban and environmental textures in clay—objects so common that they often go unnoticed. With the use of such objects, Thoem hopes to provoke a connection, to spark a memory, or to urge a reflection and stillness that is not easily executed in today's world.

Thoem uses high-fire stoneware and porcelain clays to create both framed and unframed wall installation pieces. Her work is hand built and kiln fired multiple times using slips, stains, and glazes on highly textured surfaces. By permanently attaching a steel wire stem to the back of each individual ceramic piece, she is able to integrate depth and shadow into the design of her work.

Thoem grew up on a farm in North Georgia, where her love of clay and desire to build things began. It was only natural that she would go on to earn a BFA in ceramics from Georgia Southern University. Her current body of work is a result of several cross-country moves, her need to glean inspiration from new environments, and her love of the simple and complex working in tandem.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
St.Louis Art Fair, Clayton, St. Louis, MO, 2018
American Craft Council, Atlanta, Atlanta,GA, 2019,2020
American Craft Council , Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, 2019
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
2018 Summer Swan Invitational, Swan and Coach Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2018
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, 2018
Ann Arbor Street Arts Festival, The Original, North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, Miami , 2018