A summer school art class at the age of 9 was ceramic artist Jaime Weber’s first experience with clay and it began a love affair that now, 40 years later has resulted in this year’s opportunity to exhibit as a new ceramic artist at The Laguna Art-A-Fair. As a child, she couldn’t wait for high school, when she could take ceramics as an elective and work with clay every day. Four years of high school classes gave her a good foundation for the 3 years studying under Jeff Johnson in Northern California while she worked on her Associates degree.
By then, she had married and had two children and was dedicated to life as a stay-at-home mom. As it happens in life, children and family got in the way of her art. She was constantly the “Art mom” for her children’s classes which gave her the opportunity to experience, experiment and teach a variety of mediums, however her love for ceramics kept bringing her back to pottery. With her children growing older, Jaime realized she had waited long enough, and buying an old kiln on Craigslist, began the long process of finding herself again as a potter. Two years as the manager of a retail art studio taught her how to us her kiln and practice rusty skills, then in 2008, an opportunity to exhibit and work with Elmwood Studio, a Bay Area ceramics co-op began her years refining her aesthetic and finding her voice.
Eight years later, Jaime has sold her work at Milfleur Boutique in Pleasanton, CA, and has exhibited for the last four years at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach, CA. The Laguna Art-A-Fair is Jaime’s first juried show.
“Highly textural, and with a vintage feel, my ceramics are meant to be a marriage of beauty and function. I want my pieces to feel good in your hand as well as look beautiful in your home, and finding new uses for my functional line pieces should be part of the fun! But when function interferes with vision, I love to let go and see where the form can take me, and it takes me to some very interesting places… I love my time in my studio, carving new stamps, creating new forms and finding new and different ways to work with clay. I hope you enjoy my ceramics as much as I enjoy creating them.”