Home by Jill Birschbach

Home by Jill Birschbach


Stoneware, slip, glaze, decal.

About the Work from the Artist:

I have been photographing my family, childhood home and grandparents' home for many years. In the images I've created, I focus on the surface decor, meaningful objects, the distance between people - clues to the things prized by the occupants and symbols of their working class values.

As time has passed, many of these people are gone, and most of these places do not exist anymore except in my memories and these images.


The ceramic house forms I have been pairing with these images are imperfect and sometimes crude, a reflection of my conflicted feelings. With the ceramic decals permanently encased in the glaze, it allows these memories to take shape and keeps them from being lost.

This piece fits in the theme of Lies on many levels, the lie of memory and the image- and the lie of a "perfect" family or childhood.

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Jill studied photography and has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an MFA from the University of Nebraska. She moved to Chicago in 1996, worked in the photography industry while teaching part-time at Columbia College. With the onset of digital photography she missed the feeling of creating things with her hands and working in the darkroom. She took ceramics classes and was a studio assistant at the Evanston Art Center for ten years before she joined the Midwest Clay Guild where she has her current studio.

Jill exhibits her ceramic work nationwide and has been included in shows at James May Gallery, Contemporary Craft, Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR Design, LillStreet Art Center, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Baltimore Clayworks, Texas Tech University and many others.

Jill lives in Evanston, IL with her husband and their two cats, Mochi and Strüdel.  She works full time for Getty Images as a research editor.

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