Jerilynn Babroff creates an amazing collection of whimsical ceramic art. Enjoy, and be sure to visit her website to more of her work.
ABI: What inspires your fun and whimsical style?
JB: I like bringing out the fun or high moments in life. I have been influenced by many artists, everyone from Picasso, Matisse, Keith Haring and the funk clay artists like Arneson, Voulkas, Shaw and Mary Frank.
I like to make the images simple and colorful to bring out feelings and emotions. Clay is a great medium to express my feelings.
ABI: How do you sell your work?
JB: The last few years I have been selling my work online, also at a few local craft shows and a studio sale once a year in the summer. I do wholesale to some galleries and do a bit of consignment. I like doing a show occasionally and meet people and getting the feedback. I enjoy working with local galleries.
ABI: What have you learned from the feedback you get from customers?
JB: Many times they inspire me with their ideas. I always use black as a trademark color, but right now I am working with different colors on a commission. This is something new for me.
ABI: What unusual work have you created?
JB: I used to do sculpture, including abstract figures portraying all types of emotion. I’ve made tables as well, with a face on the tabletop.
They are pretty outrageous looking, and a statement piece, and have been some of my bestsellers over the years. They average about 22” high. Sometimes I will use glass on the top of them.