Hi! I'm Jen LaPier. I started making ceramics as a side-project in 2013 and it turned into a full-time endeavor. Soon after, I moved from my tiny garage studio into my dream studio space near the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Or., which I share with two other very talented artists. When I'm not in the studio, I'll most likely be hanging out with my partner and our three potbellied pigs, tortoise, and two cats - dreaming of owning a farm someday.
I'm a Northwest native with a background in architecture, graphic design, and marketing. The ceramics I make are influenced by my personal experiences and the inspiration I receive from various art and craft mediums, as well as the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. I truly enjoy having the opportunity to create everyday objects for folks as a way to enhance our daily rituals and make personal connections. I've always been drawn to the idea of day-to-day objects as little works of art.
All of the ceramics I make are hand thrown on my pottery wheel in small batches using stoneware clay, finished with food-safe glazes, and fired to over 2000 degrees of heat in my kiln as a way to create a water-tight, vitrified surface.