About Jessica and Stonehouse Pottery

Jessica Steinhäuser is an award-winning Canadian ceramic artist, who is gaining international renown for her kachelofen - wood-burning ceramic heaters that marry ancient technology with contemporary art. Jessica's kachelofen are in private collections around the world, including Three Glens, an ultra-modern, sustainable farmhouse in Scotland that won a Green Apple Environment Award in 2013 and has been featured in The Telegraph, BBC Scotland, World Architecture News and other high profile media. Jessica's work has also been featured in The Globe & Mail, Ceramics Monthly, Dwell.com, Grand Magazine and other publications.

In March 2014, Jessica will exhibit three new kachelofen alongside an antique kachelofen (dating to the 1700s) in a solo show at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council project grants. In April 2014, she will be a presenter at the Masonry Heater Association of North America annual conference, and she has also been invited to participate in the 2014 Emma International Collaboration in Saskatchewan.

Jessica trained and apprenticed as a potter at Staatliche Fachschule für Gestaltung (State School for Art and Design) in Nürnberg, Germany (1984-85). She then entered Staatliche Keramikfachschule (State School for Ceramics) in Landshut, Germany, where she earned her Graduate Journeyman Potter certification in 1988. She has also studied with kachelofen builders in Austria (2004), and with master stone carver Nicholas Fairplay in Guelph. Jessica immigrated to Canada at age 22, and established Stonehouse Pottery in downtown Guelph in 1989. Highly involved in the local arts community, she co-founded Guelph's Potters Market in 2005, an annual spring event.

Jessica teaches and lectures widely. Since 2007, she has taught ceramics for the certificate program at the Haliburton School of the Arts. She has also given lectures and presentation at the Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, Haliburton School of The Arts, the Waterloo Potter's Workshop, numerous potters' guilds across Ontario, and Staatliche Keramikfachschule (Landshut, Germany). She was a juror for the 2013 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

Jessica's recent exhibitions include:
  • Oven of Fire and Myth, with artist Ryan Price, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph (2011)
  • 1001 Pots, Val-David, Quebec (2008-11)
  • Masterworks Southwest, juried exhibition touring southwestern Ontario (2010)

Jessica is also a faculty member at the Haliburton School of the Arts, teaching intermediate and advanced throwing techniques, mold making for ceramics, and contemporary design and traditional technique.
 

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Jessica lives in Guelph, Ontario with her children, Audrey and Felix, and her husband, photographer Dean Palmer. She sells her work out of Stonehouse Pottery, her downtown studio and retail outlet. Her pottery can also be found at the Royer Montreal. Jessica is a member of The Masonry Heater Association of North America.

Friends of Stonehouse:
Dean Palmer
The Potters Market
• Ryan Price
• Barking Dog Studios
• Tanya Lyons
• Sandra Dunn
• Masonry Heater Association of North America
• Royer Objets & Travailles