They Named Her John is the work of ceramic artist Jessica Phillips.
Jessica’s early years were spent in Upstate New York and Houston. The daughter of an engineer and a photographer, she grew up in her father’s workshop and her mother’s darkroom. When she wasn’t busy there, she could usually be found exploring the woods or making dirt bowls on the muddy banks of the stream near her house.
Jessica earned a BA in Studio Art at The University of Texas Austin and, while working professionally as a graphic designer, has continued to work with ceramics for over 20 years. Currently Jessica works out of her home studio in Houston, TX.
Jessica’s ceramic work focuses on cultivating a quiet purity of form with a nod to the strong decisive lines of the industrial machinery she grew up with in her father’s workshop. Her ceramics bring together the soft elegance of wheel-thrown forms with contrasting stark graphic surfaces. Through her work, Jessica seeks to illuminate the subtlety of human interactions, to highlight the tension between our physical separateness and our emotional connectedness.