One of Nashville’s Most Unique Ceramicists
“My aim is to create sturdy everyday pieces that can survive in even the most clumsy of hands … (for all my fellow klutzes),” writes Nashville-based ceramicist Jess Cheatham on her website, Salt Ceramics. It’s not everyday you come across a ceramicist who is also, lovably enough, a self-professed klutz. Yet amidst Nashville’s creative streak and bubbling culture of makers, writers, artists, chefs and more who are pushing boundaries, really anything is possible.
Hence the rise of young ceramic artist Jess Cheatham, who has differentiated herself in the Etsy age with a variety of precise, elegant and minimal designs, which you’ll see informing her mezcal sippers, snack plates, bowls and jars. Cheathams’s designs also embrace human tactile desires, which are activated upon seeing hopelessly cute little pieces like the match striker, incense chimney, secret ashtray and tiny jar design, which you’ll immediately want to pick up and explore.
With designs that are as beautiful as they are functional, each piece embraces the feeling of having been created by a mad scientist of some sort, or perhaps mad artisan in this case. Visiting her website, you may see that nearly all the pieces are sold out, but fear not: Cheatham promises to update her stock by the end of the month.
All images courtesy of Salt Ceramics.