This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Jessilla Rogers

Craft

Today for her monthly ‘New Kids’ column, Lisa introduces us to another AMAZING young local creative… meet Jessilla Rogers, Melbourne ceramicist, fledgling pottery teacher and all round awesome girl. We love her work so much, between us Lisa and I already bought about half the things in these photos.  Sorry about that!

2nd October, 2014

Melbourne-based ceramicst Jessilla Rogers at North Carlton Ceramics where she teaches classes. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

Jessilla’s wonderfully abstract and colourful works, combining both hand built and wheel thrown techniques. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

Jessilla kneading the clay into a ‘Ram’s Head’ before building works out of it at North Carlton Ceramics. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

A selection of works featuring Jessilla’s hand painted patterns and designs. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

Jessilla at work wheel throwing! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

North Carlton Ceramics details. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lisa Marie Corso / The Design Files.

Lisa Marie Corso
Thursday 2nd October 2014

‘I think in a nostalgic way I’m trying to capture my whole adolescence and put it in my pots.’

Earlier this year I did a pottery class with a friend. I thought it was going to be easy – I’d just tap my foot on a pedal, spin a wheel, fire my creations in a kiln and voila, have a set of tableware. After six weeks of night classes the reality of pottery was less Demi Moore in Ghost, and more clay all over my Women’s Weekly apron, blender explosion style. I ended up with about a dozen wonky soap dishes. What I learnt during this course, is that pottery is a deceptively difficult art to perfect, and today’s NKOTB candidate Jessilla Rogers has certainly mastered it!

Originally from Adelaide, Jessilla moved to Melbourne after high school to study Art History at Melbourne University, with the intention of getting into art curatorship. It was during her undergrad that she discovered she actually liked making things herself, and randomly enrolled into some night time pottery classes at North Carlton Ceramics, taught by local ceramicist Valerie Restarick. After graduating, Jessilla spent six months abroad in Japan, and decided to give pottery a red hot go upon returning to Australia.

‘When I came back from Japan I decided I was going to try making ceramics more seriously. I spent six months at Valerie’s working on a portfolio, and then in the middle of 2013 started studying Ceramics at RMIT’ explains Jessilla.  In the short time since, Jessilla already has her work stocked locally at Mr Kitly, has been featured in a number of exhibitions, and has recently started teaching her own classes at North Carlton Ceramics.

I guess I was around the studio so much that Valerie asked me if I wanted to teach. Of course I said yes!

Jessilla’s ceramics are fairly abstract, from the endearingly wonky shapes she creates, to the painterly patterns that finish each piece. Inspired by her childhood summers, visiting her grandparents place in the sand dunes at Robe, she loves pairing contrasting colours that remind her of the Australian sun. ‘I have this theory that people’s aesthetic style is influenced by the time when they first became aware of their surroundings, so for me that’s the early ‘90s.’ says Jessilla.  Her work combines both hand built and wheel thrown techniques, often used in tandem, though decorating her works is her favourite process. ‘I generally glaze in white and then use coloured stains and underglazes to paint the surfaces. I like gold and silver lustres too, and use them a bit to make things look expensive!’

Moving into her first ‘grown up’ studio in North Melbourne next week, Jessilla is excited by the opportunity to focus even more on her work. ‘I can’t wait to spend my summer there, making in the studio and taking breaks swimming at the pool. It’s going to be a dream summer.’ Despite the ‘adultness’ of this transition, she is still always drawn to memories of her childhood days, and how they form the basis of her work.

Jessilla has a stall at New Craft at the Queen Victoria Market this Sunday, and her next term of classes at North Carlton Ceramics start on October 21 for five weeks (you can enrol here).

View Comments

Similar Stories

Art

An Exhibition Of Never-Before-Seen Works By Mirka Mora

The new exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art, 'Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux – Drawings and Dolls', exploring the artist's enchanting univer...

Creative People

'Australis' By Abby Seymour

A new collection of delicate jewellery, inspired by a yearning to connect to the land.

Studio Visit

The Self-Taught Marquetry Artist Carving A Niche In Brisbane

From the tray that started it all to Tuareg jewellery, Brisbanian Dagmar Maini reflects on her path to woodcraft.
Elle Murrell

This Week

Architecture

An Architect's Own Dream Home

Sally Wilson of sw-architects shows us around her newly renovated home in Woodville, South Australia.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Suitably Fashionable Home, From Two Brilliant Creatives

Interior designer/stylist extraordinaire Simone Haag revamps a Victorian Terrace in Armadale.
Miriam McGarry

TDF Collect

Announcing Our Next Exhibition, Katie Daniels' 'Unfolding Light'

Introducing a brand new artist for our first TDF Collect art exhibition of 2019! Melbourne painter Katie Daniels is one to watch.
Lucy Feagins
  1 hour ago

News

A Way For All Australians To Celebrate Robin Boyd's 100th

Australia Post releases a commemorative stamp acknowledging the seminal architect’s centenary.

News

Klaylife's Dramatic New Range

Macrame and clay beads combine for a spectacular new collection of chandeliers.

News

A New Exhibition Of Raw, Gestural Works From Miranda Skoczek

One of Melbourne’s most collectible contemporary artists opens her first show of the year tomorrow.

News

Our Guide To The Biggest-Ever Melbourne Design Week

Australia’s creative capital transforms into a thriving design hub this March!
Sally Tabart

Modernist Australia

This Corner-Block Mid-Century Classic Is For Sale

A modernist treasure that hasn't changed hands since the late 1960s!
Patricia Callan

Interiors

Karen McCartney's Dreamy, Rustic French Farmhouse

A dream European outpost for two of Australia’s most respected design aficionados! (And yes, it's available for holiday rental).

Food

Nutella, Sea Salt And Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Charlotte Ree's epic choc-chip cookie, with all the trimmings!
Charlotte Ree

Shopping

Morocco Meets Byron Bay In This Modern Bohemian Wonderland

A virtual visit to the rug and artisanal object treasure trove that is Tigmi Trading.
Elle Murrell

Homes

A Media Mogul's Inner City Oasis

The Fitzroy apartment of Melbourne power couple Nick Shelton and Catherine Graves.

News

Local Artists And Designers Feature At This Brunswick East Craft Fete

Bringing back the neighbourhood vibe at this FREE one-day community event!

Events

TDF Talks @Mercedes me, Round Two!

David Bromley, Peter Maddison, Paul West, and Justine Cullen in-conversation at Mercedes me – book now!

Small Business

How Can Your Business Give Back?

Steps you can take to make a positive impact through your workplace, with sage advice from the legends at Who Gives A Crap.
Fiona Killackey

Similar Stories

Art

An Exhibition Of Never-Before-Seen Works By Mirka Mora

The new exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art, 'Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux – Drawings and Dolls', exploring the artist's enchanting univer...

Creative People

'Australis' By Abby Seymour

A new collection of delicate jewellery, inspired by a yearning to connect to the land.

Studio Visit

The Self-Taught Marquetry Artist Carving A Niche In Brisbane

From the tray that started it all to Tuareg jewellery, Brisbanian Dagmar Maini reflects on her path to woodcraft.
Elle Murrell