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Jenni Brant

Jenni Brant

Profile Location
Dubuque , IA

Born and raised in southwest Wisconsin on a dairy farm, I developed an appreciation for the simplicity of life and the beauty of natural materials that comes through in her elegant and carefully crafted pottery. I am a maker of functional ceramic objects focusing on serving vessels and dinnerware made for celebratory occasions, often making the most mundane of activities a cause for merriment and remembrance. I received an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in April 2007 and a BFA with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in December 2002.

I teach workshops working with students, young and old, beginners and professionals. I was named an Emerging Artist of 2008 by Ceramics Monthly and in 2009, recognized with a Mayor’s Arts Kimmel Foundation Award. My work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and 500 Plates & Chargers by Lark Books and is represented at Anderson O'Brien Gallery, Dundee Gallery, Artisan Gallery, Clay Art Center, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Terra Incognito, LUX Center for the Arts and the Sheldon Art Museum Store.

Artist Statement

My understanding of beauty is rooted in my rural mid-western upbringing and my parents’ emphasis on family bonds, respect and hard work. My work affirms life and is a reminder to celebrate the trivial, the tragic and the triumphant.

My pots are intended for gatherings of family and friends. While on display they serve as daily reminders of times spent with loved ones and symbols of times to come. These are functional pots, despite their delicate appearance. Symmetrical forms establish sturdiness and utility, while the fragility of their handles and edges and the precariousness of the feet are reminders to handle the work –and life—with care. Smooth, luscious, and transparent surfaces and lace decorations suggest formal use, though the pots are appropriate for everyday domestic life.

While made by hand, my work emphasizes the beauty of the object over the identity of the maker. In this way, they are inspired by the pottery of ancient Persia and Sung dynasty China, even as they embrace contemporary styles. Colors remind us of flesh and of candy; things that are sweet, good, and that stir desire.


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Luke Huling
Nathan Murray
Amanda Durig
Anne Burton
Arjan Zazueta
Bartholomew Lynch
Bill Shaffer
Bri Murphy
Brett Anderson
Brian Kluge
Chris Rudasill
Cody Weber
Drew Lueders
Dandee Pattee
Elise Loomis
Erica Green
Gerit Grimm
G.V. Kelley
Heather Jo Davis
Jason Piccoli
Jen Graham
Jenni Brant
Jon Love
Jordan Buschur
Kari Radasch
Kate Running
Katelyn Farneth
Katie Taylor Frisch
Kristen Martincic
Kristin Powers Nowlin
Liana Owad
Lindsey Day
Lori Tatreau
Maria Spiess
Matt Bukrey
Matthew Dercole
McKenzie Phelps
Michael Ian Larsen
Naomi Mostkoff
Neil Celani
Nora Rolf
Owen Buffington
PJ Hargraves
Roxanne Jackson
Sarah Logan
Sara Truman
Stephanie Leach Vendetti
Susan Stark-Johnson
Taylor Woolwine
Tracy Shell
Trudie Teijink
3/4/22 to 5/27/22
Multiple Mediums

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