Eric Jensen - Chicago, Illinois
A Midwestern artist, Eric Jensen's work has a delicate elegance which belies its durability. Jensen creates both painterly display pieces and functional serving pieces and dinnerware. Always handbuilt, his porcelain dinnerware as well as stoneware wall platters and vases are unlike any other potters that we know of.
Jensen received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy. He is a founding member of the well known Lill Street Studios in Chicago, a facility with joint studios, classes and a display gallery. His studio is now housed separately and his work is nationally collected and exhibited. Dinnerware is available in multiple color variations and may be combined with teapots, pitcher, platters, serving bowls and cream & sugar sets. It's fun to layer round versus square shapes.
Iowa Artisans Gallery director Astrid Bennett echoes various customers when she says that her Eric Jensen mugs are her favorite way to start the day -with tea or coffee. Dinnerware is dishwasher safe.
A quote from Polly Ulrich - The New Art Examiner, April 1996, still holds true:
"Jensen's career has paralleled that of a generation of craft artists who have burrowed into a life outside of the usual routes in either the art world or ordinary American culture. Since much of the American craft world is decentralized, these artists almost always live in what are considered the 'regions' or in rural areas, and their art is supported by a public hungry for the every-day, handmade object.
"Jensen's aesthetic depends on the functional aspect of his work. These handmade production items -- abstract, muted, slip-decorated, squarish, and not at all traditional -- epitomize Jensen's interest in placing his work in everyday life."
For more information on Eric Jensen's work, including what we might have in stock, please email or call us at 319.351.8686.