Jessie Higginson is an artist and maker, based in Falmouth Cornwall. Over the last 20 years Jessie has worked as a ceramicist, printmaker, designer, teacher and craft business advisor.
From 1996 – 2002 Jessie ran a ceramics practice, focused on functional, small batch production porcelain. Jessie hand slip-cast a series of vases and vessels, in minimal, sculptural forms. The work was highly finished with graphic surface qualities, using inlay, slips and glaze to create texture, pattern and subtle tones. Jessie's work was sold internationally at galleries and design stores across the UK as well as America and Japan. Later work at the Royal College of Art (RCA) was more focused on surface pattern, learning print skills and developing rich multi-layered imagery, working on both large scale tiles and on paper, as well as subsequently, bone china white-ware. Between 2004 - 2008 Jessie worked on collections of screen-prints on paper alongside teaching ceramics at BA level and was the project manager for Hidden Art Cornwall, supporting designer-makers in Cornwall. Her early career was supported with funding from The Crafts Council and The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and Arts Council South West.
Jessie works from a studio at Grays Wharf, Penryn, her current practice encompasses screen-printing, painting and collage. Jessie’s work is concerned with the abstract elements of spacial composition, texture, line and tonal colour, often referencing plant and landscape forms. Her work is process-led, and explores the rhythm of pattern, and the meditative nature of repetition. Through working with multiple layer printing, Jessie builds an abstract spatial dialogue, using line to define form and texture, overlaying image to create depth and balancing careful construction with a love of detail. Jessie makes small edition’s of screen-prints as well as working on unique prints and paintings within a series.
Jessie studied on the MA Ceramics at The Royal College of Art from 2002 - 2004 and the BA Wood, Metal, Plastics, Ceramics at Brighton University 1992 - 1996.