Jennifer Hawthorn is a ceramic artist whose work includes both performative and object orientated processes and outcomes. Alongside her own practice, she runs workshops and collaborative opportunities that encourage others to interact with clay. In 2016, Hawthorn graduated from the Ceramics BA at Cardiff School of Art and Design.
I explore the relationship between myself and the clay, in particular, how it forces my body to do certain things. I do this in order to emphasize the moment between me, the artist and the material, and the complexity of this relationship.
Through manipulation, the surface of the clay can be made to look like animal hide, scar tissue or old skin. The forms are often corporeal, retaining the shape of my shoulders or a moment when my limbs have reached out; the clay is a way for me to capture a physical trace.
The performative gestures in my work are both central and meaningful; the reason I create them is to see the effect of intuitive actions on the clay. I intend for my work to evoke feelings of empathy, in order for the viewer to interact with the work further, by exposing my physical struggle with clay.