Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Roig.
Jill, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I create Eco-Pottery in Scottsdale, Arizona! Eco-Pottery was born from the belief that art in the home is part of the daily ritual of life. Eco-art fulfills a purpose of beauty, inspiration, and joy.
Derived directly from the Earth, ceramic is one of the most natural materials you can use in home design. I love clay not only for its eco-credentials but also because of the amazing variety of shapes, texture and forms it can take on, reflecting a wide range of beauty.
My journey as a Scottsdale artist started in 2007 when I was a Senior Account Manager for a top digital advertising agency in Philadelphia. I took a trip to Sedona and was hooked! I traveled to Cathedral Rock and was absolutely mesmerized. It opened me up to a whole new set of experiences and got me connected with spiritual communities. I left the urban lifestyle, moved to Tempe, Arizona and kept working.
Fast forward to 2017 and the #Mompreneur movement really grabs me! You see women charting their own path, following their calling and starting local businesses! As a new mom, I was drawn back to my true passion: creativity and artistic expression.
Jill Roig is a contemporary, abstract ceramic artist, specializing in glass-infused pottery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in State College. She has participated in sixteen group shows in the United States, including Shemer Art Center and Museum’s, “Reflections of Arizona” exhibition and Artlink Phoenix 17th Annual Juried Exhibition at the world-renowned Heard Museum.
Her pottery is distinctive and dramatic, featuring a new collection of eco-friendly earth art containing black clay, glass, and crystals!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Black clay + glass + crystals are my absolute favorite materials to work with when creating eco-pottery! Over the past seven years, I’ve been working on my signature style – glass-infused pottery. I’m excited by the challenge of merging glass art with ceramic art. That’s my sweet spot. It’s the raw clay sitting right next to the melted glass. The clay, glaze and glass dance together creating very unique patterns reminiscent of nature!
In the studio, I love to abandon the rules and just play, otherwise known as giving life to the abstract. In this crazy world of increasing responsibility, the studio has become my haven where I can play with the earth. I can get dirty. I can create. It’s warmly reminiscent of being a kid again. There is zen inspiration in the intersection of pottery with meditation and spirituality.
My process of creating Eco-Pottery dives deep and each piece typically takes 6 weeks to develop. What continually strikes me is the literal and figurative transmutation of mud into beautiful pieces of modern art! The natural process contains strong ties to ancient alchemy, as the firing process expands the clay beyond it’s known borders.
Through Eco-Pottery we can reflect on the beauty of what happens when natural materials are transformed by human creativity. Bringing this art into the homes adds harmony, intention, and joy!
I’m sooooo excited about my Fall 2018 Eco-Pottery collection of Jewelry Bowls, Manifestation Bowls, and gifts! I’ve selected this amazingly rich and unique black clay, added neutral glazes with bright glass and crystals to create stunning art for your home! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @eco_pottery.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Eco-Pottery comes from the heart. I create art that moves you, that feels good, that opens doors. We live in an increasingly fragmented society focused on technical advancements. While that’s great, it doesn’t make for great art.
You should be able to feel your art. To know who made the art in your bedroom. To have art with a connection and a greater meaning. Art is meant to inspire. I believe we should re-claim our relationship to art and move away from the mass-produced aesthetic. Our homes should be a haven from the storm around us. Let’s allow for the possibility of art creating small moments of beauty and transcendence.
Arizona has always been a very encouraging place for emerging artists. I hope to continue to build connections with local businesses in Phoenix and Scottsdale for events and collaborations.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Follow my Eco-Pottery on Instagram @eco_pottery. I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with artists, influencers and brands. I want to help people make their vision come to life!
I’m currently exhibiting in downtown Tempe on the ASU campus, at the Grotto Gallery in FABRIC. “Walking on Sunshine” is a lovely gallery exhibit featuring ten new and emerging Arizona artists.
Join me at the Cultivate Fashion Show at FABRIC for an Art Demo on Saturday, September 15th from 6-8pm. This fabulous evening benefits scholarship designer at FABRIC. Come say hi and see amazing new eco-fashion designs. Visit my Eco-Pottery on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/PotteryDesignStudio.
- Email: JillRoig@gmail.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/eco_pottery
- Other: www.etsy.com/shop/PotteryDesignStudio