Barbara Jeanne Jenkins received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.
In August 2017, Barbara moved with her boyfriend, daughter, and loyal pup from Evanston, Illinois to an apartment in Rogers Park, Chicago proper. This apartment came with a wonderful sunlit studio and an interesting urban and floral view. A new weekly ritual of heading to the Farmers Market was a special treat every Sunday because of a particular flower vendor that makes lovely bouquets overflowing with Dahlias and all of summer's delights. These floral arrangements quickly turned into a daily drawing practice. Thanks to her friend Dubhe at This Quiet Dust Ceramics, she was reunited with access to a kiln, and Jenkins on Jonquil was born.
Jenkins on Jonquil is a process based practice that has grown into a full fledged business. There is not a part of Jenkins on Jonquil that Barbara doesn't revel in, but the drawing is the origin. Working with clay has a grounding effect to life, and compliments the lightness the drawings provide. The drawings themselves are a recording of something wonderful that existed in the past, the ceramic vessel makes space for more beauty in the future. With a carefully slab constructed, hand built porcelain clay body and simple under glaze drawings, we hope Jenkins on Jonquil vessels will bring inspiration and beauty to your home and place of work.