Time, texture, and imperfections. Scarred, wrinkled, and cracked hands with lingering residue of clay. Combined, they speak of time, of wear and tear, of frailty. These hands are reflected in the slow growing grooves of tree bark, the weathered cracks of concrete, and in each ceramic piece made with those same hands. Clay also tells a story of layers and time. Raw elements combine, with hands touching and working, to make something new with a voice that tells their origins.
Jonathan Pacheco is a Chicago based ceramic artist making both functional and sculptural work. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Ceramics and Metalsmithing Jewelry. He has been working as a ceramic artist for the past fifteen years. He is deeply interested in woodfired ceramic processes and resulting textures. Time and layering are both important parts of his process. Jonathan teaches ceramic classes at Clayspace in Lisle and at Lill Street in Chicago, Illinois. He also works with, well known woodfiring artist Doug Jeppesen, at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois as the Ceramic Coordinator.