JORDAN COONS CERAMICS
Jordan is an award winning ceramic artist and arts educator currently living in Elmira, NY She specializes in creating sculpted vessels that prioritize both functional and conceptual components to address her thoughts on human nature, fragility, strength, and resilience.
She received a B.S. in Art Education from Buffalo State College (2010) and a M.A. in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art (2017), both in which she concentrated in ceramics. Jordan’s creative practice is primarily inspired by and intended to engage students seeking to define their own artistic identities and embolden their search.
I am a big fan of the metaphor of “the body as a vessel”. Perhaps it’s my ego just trying to play God and create my own vessels or beings, but that’s exactly how I see my work.
Like people, my work has an exterior surface that is ornately carved and decorative, much like how we clothe ourselves, wear our hair, or tattoo our skin.
The interior vessel is the functional part of the piece, with multiple uses such as a drinking vessel, planter, or bowl. Our human body has a physical use, but internally there is a heart, soul and mind that inhabits the vessel.
Each piece is unique and different. Each piece has a personality. There are often flaws, and some are more noticeable than others. I lean into the imperfections. At first glance, a piece may seem utterly beautiful and perfect until you get closer and can notice a crack or slip-up from carving.
When people come across my work, I often hear phrases like “I’m afraid to touch!” or “it looks so delicate, I don’t want to break it.”
Sure, it may look delicate, but it IS still stoneware or porcelain. These pieces can handle the wear and tear of everyday life. We mortal humans can break down, but overall, we’re created to handle the normal wear and tear of everyday life as well.
I want people to hold my work and be reminded that their awe and interest to handle with care should be the way they treat their fellow person. Like my work, we’re all beautiful. Imperfections and all, and we all deserve to be handled with care.
Mornings in Corning
check out this interview where I talk a bit about my art and teaching.