Jennifer Graff knew as a child that she would become an artist. Her interest in creating was heavily influenced by her grandmother who was a painter and an art collector. Jennifer attended art school at Alfred University in Alfred, New York where she earned a B.F.A. in Ceramics and Painting. After graduating, she worked as a production potter’s apprentice in her home state of Pennsylvania. Soon after her apprenticeship, Jennifer moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was hired to manage the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ceramics studio. For four years, she was responsible for the overall management and maintenance of the studio and gained experience in teaching wheel throwing, hand building, and glaze formulation courses.
The pursuit of a graduate degree brought Jennifer south to Athens, Georgia where she earned a M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Jennifer then worked for two years as an assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. For the next several years, she earned a living as a studio potter and taught in various ceramic centers in the region. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia where she teaches ceramics and foundation level art courses. For the past few years, the majority of her work has been functional pottery.
Pots keep her connected to the material of clay and help her to maintain a strong sense of form and volume in all of her work, whether it is sculptural or functional. Jennifer’s inclinations as a painter find their way into the glaze surfaces. The pieces are considered from foot to lip, in the round, and in profile. She balances function with classical form and subtle manipulations. The lines in the colorful glaze designs echo the movements of the clay to achieve a fusion between surface and object.