Jennifer Siegel, owner of Clayvoyant L.L.C., is a ceramic artist residing in Apex, NC who believes that clay is her freedom. In addition to being an avid maker in her home studio, she is the Clay Studio Manager at the NC State University Crafts Center. Currently working with cone 6-10 porcelain clay bodies, Jennifer enjoys throwing or handbuilding functional wares as well as making sculptural pieces that invite humor and conversation to the table. Everyday dishes, lamps, platters, tiles, and large vessels occupy her kiln loads, all heavily carved with intense patterns.
Jennifer's love for ceramics emerged in 2003 at Anderson University where she began learning how to make clay and fire a cone 10 gas reduction kiln. It was during this time that she held her first job, glazing pottery and loading kilns at Color Clay Cafe in Greenville, SC. In 2005 Jennifer relocated to Apex, NC and quickly found a job identical to her last at a local shop called Paint-Your-Pot. Soon she was introduced to Central Carolina Community College in Siler City where she truly found her way. She earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science of Ceramics and Metal Sculpture in 2007 while working as a ceramic educator for the college as well as the Town of Cary Arts Center, studio assistant and production potter for Siglinda Scarpa, metal shop assistant for Kevin Eichner, and electric kiln technician.
In 2012 Jennifer was hired as Clay Studio Manager for the NC State University Crafts Center. It is here where you can find her first solo public art installation, two 180 pound vessels that flank the Center's main entrance, as well as many deep rooted connections to the local clay scene. While maintaining this large public studio she continues to expand her own business, officially founding Clayvoyant L.L.C. in January of 2021.
“North Carolina has been beneficial to who I am today by flooding my life with opportunities to keep my head and hands in clay, connecting me with the community, and helping me truly grow as an artist.”