About Jessica Wilcox:
Jessica Wilcox fell in love with clay as a child. She studied art at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she first had the idea for what would become Curio Clayworks, a pottery business offering workshops and classes to the public. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics, Jessica brought her dream business to life. She has been creating with clay for more than 11 years and has mentored more than 450 students by helping them ignite their passion, cultivate their imagination, and expand their technical skills with clay.
City, State, Country:
Lehi, Utah, United States
Tell me about your family life:
I'm the middle of three daughters. I've been married to my high school best friend for about 10 years, and we have two sons and one daughter with another little girl on the way.
Do you have a primary creative medium?
Why do you create?
It enlightens, uplifts, and inspires me.
Please describe your creative process:
I have a very specific and organized way in which I create: First, I brainstorm about a work I'd like to see come to life. I research similar forms, then narrow down my mental visualization of the object. After that, I create a mock up of the object to explore the forms further. I form and refine the shapes from the clay, dry the object, fire the piece in a kiln, glaze it, and then fire it again.
What are the biggest barriers to continuing your creative work?
Time! Finding time to dedicate to my art is a challenge.
How old were you when you realized that you're an "artist" or a "creative person"?
When I was 10 years old, I first fell in love with clay during an art class in elementary school. It was then I began to realize that I am an artist.
Looking back on your childhood, who are the people who have been the biggest influence on your work?
Both my parents are creative and civic-minded, and I can see more and more how my artistic work and career reflect the values they raised me to have.
What work are you most proud of?
My baroque ceramic chest of drawers (displayed below).