Jesusa U Dougherty
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"My favorite surface treatment is adding texture to the pot, then adding white or colored slip to allow for some of the dark clay body to peek through the slip. This allows the added benefit of a brighter backdrop for my paintings or slip transfer images. Sometimes I will sgraffito for additional layers for depth."
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What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?
What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?
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Jes emigrated to the United States from the Philippines by way of Chicago and then Houston. She graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Houston. After practicing in her field for 10 years she decided working for a structural engineering firm might give her a more holistic perspective on designing structures more thoughtfully. Today, Jes and her husband own INSIGHT Structures, a small structural engineering firm in Houston, Texas.
Jes has been working with clay for 20+ years. Since 2018, her journey has accelerated and further advanced her skills. A member of Clay Houston since the summer of 2019, Jes aspires to dedicate more time for clay in order to develop her craft, attend more workshops, and hopefully become more engaged with the clay community.