Artist Bio: Jessie Valone of JMV Ceramics
I got started in clay about 11 years ago when I took an elective class at school and wound up spending the majority of my time in the clay studio. I switched my major the next semester and have been working in clay ever since.
I enjoy working with my hands and have an immense appreciation for the handmade. My practice allows me to honor my love of working with my hands while creating functional pieces that will be used and loved for years to come.
The physical demands and intellectual choices in my work keep me inspired and provide space for growth and experimentation. I strive to advance my skills as a potter through the process of research, planning, repetition and experimentation.
I have attended winter residences in 2020 and 2022 at the amazing Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, completed summer internships at Coach Street Clay in Canandaigua as well as a year long apprenticeship at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in Middlesex, NY. I received my BFA from Alfred University with a concentration in ceramics in May of 2016.
I am lucky enough to work out of my beautiful 200 year old house in the Finger Lakes Hills with my amazing partner of 18 years and our two pups Buxton and Timber. When I am not in my studio I am most likely walking my pups, reading a good book, working on a project in our farmhouse or enjoying one of our beautiful lakes.