Jennifer Dawes was born in Ingersoll, Ontario in 1992. She received her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed her ceramics degree with a minor in art history. Jennifer works with wheel-thrown vessels, formerly in porcelaneous cone 6 but has been excited to now work with Earthenware. She has had a solo show in the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2015 as well as showcased her work in NSCAD Ceramic’s Year End Show and Sale in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
She then was an International Artist in Residence at Medalta in Medicine Hat, AB for one year and then to the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity for seven months.
She now resides in Cambridge, ON.
My work comes from a profound passion for pop culture and nerd references. Using each vessel not only as a canvas for decoration but as its own language of form that too compliments these references. Vessels; being used for story-telling and immaculate decoration make my concept digestible and ideal for my practice. I arrange vessels into larger compositions combining glaze, clay and imagery. Utilizing an array of mark-making techniques such as sgraffito, under-glazing, glazing and luster to create depth and complexity in the surfaces. I use the historical facet of decorated vessels and contextualize them within my own spectrum of identity.