Jennifer Harnetty discovered ceramics the quarter before she graduated from Ohio University with an English degree in 1996 and has been making pots ever since. In 2004, she became assistant editor, and later associate editor, of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated (positions that nicely combined her interest in ceramics and her English degree, wouldn’t you say?). In 2008, she became editor of Ceramic Arts Daily, and more recently, DVD program manager for the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, an expanding collection of instructional videos for ceramic artists.
Outside the office, Jen is kept busy in her gig as mom to an energetic (to put it mildly) little boy. Other interests include family, friends, music, gardening, dogs, horsies, being crafty, books, movies, endless home improvement projects.
In her precious 2-3 hours in the studio a week, she has been working in both porcelain and earthenware both on and off the wheel. A huge fan of bright color, Jen is obsessed with underglaze decoration, decals, and various image transfer techniques.
I was lucky enough to go to a high school that offered dedicated ceramics courses in the art department, and even luckier that the school employed a potter to teach those classes. That’s what helped me decide to major in ceramics in college.
While operating a studio after college, I answered a form letter from the editor of Ceramics Monthly magazine, who was looking for part-time editorial help. Only then did I realize that the magazine I had subscribed to for years was published in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. I started as a part-time Assistant Editor in 1999. After the position went full time the following year, it became clear that the studio could never really do better than break even with the time I was able to devote to it. The obvious, though not easy, decision was to close up shop, pack up the equipment and materials, and concentrate on supporting the field from the other side of the studio door.
Today, I have a small basement studio that I’m lucky to get to once a week. It feels good to know it’s there, but it feels better when I can get down there long enough to feel productive. Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Arts Daily, the DVDs, and all of the other projects we have going are certainly challenging and fulfilling, but there is no substitute for the satisfaction I get from studio work. That corner of the basement is sometimes the most valuable piece of real estate in the house.
With the day job at the magazine and two young daughters, I manage to produce a kiln load of work about every three months. I started making things that were more manageable in terms of the number of times I would need to come back to them, because I can’t always check back on a body of work that involves a lot of appendages and little parts. What I discovered was that simpler forms offered a lot of creative surface possibilities, and I ended up adding to them more, with lots of little dots and patterns, coming back to them more often than I would with more complex forms. Apparently, I need things to be complex.
Holly began her career in ceramics from the outside looking in. With her face pressed against the glass, staring in at the potters, she worked for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum developing the U of Minnesota’s Public Art minor program and earning an art history degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Tiring of a sore neck and the heavy weight of jealousy, she stopped resisting the messy art kids and whole-heartedly joined them. A BFA in ceramics followed shortly after. Years later while studying ceramics in The Ohio State University’s grad program, she took an internship at Ceramics Monthly and has been on staff ever since. Holly currently works as editor for Pottery Making Illustrated and associate editor for Ceramics Monthly and now spends a lot of time inside the office looking out.
Like everyone else on staff, Holly has burrowed out a small space for a studio in her basement — that sweet spot between the furnace and the washing machine that is all her own. Lacking the will (and the space) to continue making large, heavy installations, she is working on a new body of functional pieces. Now her compulsive gathering, stacking, storing, saving, containing, tending, grouping, comparting, and sorting nature is finally content in building empty pots for others to fill.
Forrest Sincoff Gard first discovered clay in high school. He went on to earn his BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in the fall of 2009. A couple months after graduation, Forrest traveled to Montana, where he spent two months working in the mountains and avoiding bears as a short-term artist-in-residence at Red Lodge Clay Center. After experiencing snow in May and completing a successful residency, Forrest filled his tiny red Honda with a few tools, clothes, and a pillow, and moved down to the sunshine state, where he studied ceramics at the University of Florida as a post baccalaureate student. At Florida, Forrest met his soulmate (now wife), Jeni Hansen Gard. Forrest joined Jeni’s volleyball team and completed a backflip among other things to try get her attention—and luckily his efforts paid off! After Florida, Forrest moved for a second time in his tiny car with almost no possessions to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for graduate school, catfish po’boys, and college football. Forrest completed his MFA in 2014. After graduating, Gard accepted a position as the assistant editor for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated and moved for a third time in five years (this time in a slightly larger Honda and with more stuff) to Columbus, Ohio, in June of 2014.
On Forrest’s 19th year and 364th day of life, his little brother, Noah was born. Noah helped Forrest remember a very simple and important part of life; how to play without a care in the world. Forrest’s artwork was instantly impacted by Noah and he started to question the carryover from child’s play to adult play through his interactive installations. Currently Forrest’s workspace is in a small corner of Jeni’s studio at The Ohio State University. Outside of the office and the studio, Forrest enjoys the forest, hiking, camping, gardening, cooking and preserving food, skateboarding, traveling, and his family (including his two cats; Beast and Michelangelo).
Adriane has learned that, “not everyone needs an art degree,” so she decided to chase other dreams (including living abroad). She has earned a BA in History from Ohio University (Athens, OH), an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University (London, England), and a Master’s Certificate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University (Boston,MA), and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).
Since returning to Ohio, Adriane has been a member of the Ohio Society of Association Executives and the Ohio Chapter of the Meeting Professional Institute, including actively serving on committees and teaching CMP courses.
When not being amazed at the work of the Potters Council members, Adriane enjoys traveling, drinking craft beer, spray-painting furniture, utilizing her craft room, and her family (including cat, Oliver). Life goals include getting to use a blow torch at work. Which might come true now!
Ash Neukamm found clay during her second semester of college at the University of Florida and quickly became obsessed! After graduating in 2010, she attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to attend their Post-Baccalaureate program. After a year of hard work she was accepted into the Ohio State University’s Master of Fine Arts program and graduated in 2014. She’s currently spent the last 4 years studying, making pots, teaching, and living in Columbus, OH.
While not at CAD, she spends most of her time tinkering with the local science center’s 3D printers in the technology space, and teaching people how to 3D model and print. Ash is happy to have a large basement studio where she can throw and make a mess. Outside of the office and studio, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, entertaining her pup, and hanging with her boyfriend and family.