JJ Eisfelder grew up in Kansas City where she was introduced to art at an early age by taking various classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Over the years she was able to pursue her interest in art by taking many different art classes and workshops through private teachers, the Westport School of Art and an intensive summer program at the Kansas City Art Institute. JJ then moved to Missoula, Montana for college and decided to major in printmaking, while also pursuing a ceramics education. She graduated in 1999 with a BFA in printmaking and a good understanding of wood-fired ceramics.
In 2001, JJ moved to Virginia to set up her own studio. Once in Virginia, she met a few well-established potters who helped her gain more knowledge of the science of clay and glazes. Currently, JJ is making celadon and ash-glazed functional pottery and creating nature inspired, woodcut and collagraph prints.
Inspiration for my artwork comes directly from the nature that surrounds me everyday. The subjects of my prints include trees, vegetables and flowers. My goal is to bring the beauty of the natural world inside the home.
I am intrigued with the way that changing the colors in a print can change the emotion of the piece. I like to create the basic printing plate and then pull a series of monoprints where the colors and compositions slowly change with each run through the press. The result is a group of prints that share the same basic composition, but evolve from one color scheme to another.