Jessie studied ceramics for four semesters in college and one course at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and is now independently developing her skills. She has only recently started producing work for sale. When creating her work, she is generally guided by the moment; each piece is unique, although you will see some themes. Dishes are her favorite thing to make because she also loves food and loves creating things that will enhance someone’s eating experience. She moved to Cedarville in July of 2015 and now lives on Beavertail Point. She is inspired by her daily routine of reading, walking, and sharing life with her pack (Keara, Bruce and Rick).
The name Petronella comes from a contra dance move. It is one of Jessie’s favorites because it is simple yet fun and powerful. It is a spinning move, which is also a nice connection to the spinning of the potter’s wheel.