Title: Crocus Glow
Medium: Clay, colored slip, glaze, & overglaze
Size: 48" x 36" x 2"
Otis received her BA in Fine Arts from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, her BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and her MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University, Columbus. She is currently Professor of Art at Arizona State University, Tempe. Previously she has taught at San Diego State University; and been Guest Artist at both Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, California and Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Otis has received large scale corporate commissions including the Hughes Aircraft Corporation, Los Angeles. Her work is included nationally in private and permanent collections. She has received several grants for her work and research with ceramic color, which have been published in books, publications, lecture panels and workshops including "Inovative Glaze Development," a lecture panel and slide presentation at the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts Conference, San Diego.
Otis states, "My work is a continuous dialogue with color, especially the quality of color that is unique to ceramic materials. The works themselves have evolved from visual ideas I pursued as a painter earlier in my career. Over the years, their conception has become more architectural, relying on the interplay of actual and illusory depth with color and the rich nuances of light, shadow, and transparency." She further states, "The choice to use glaze, underglazes, or colored slip is a simple concern for the relationship of one color, texture, or surface next to another in an effort to solidify my personal color preferences and my responses to the southwest environment." Her selected solo exhibitions include: New Wall Sculpture by Jeanne Otis, Taboo Studio, San Diego, 1993; Jeanne Otis: Clay Color/Works, Grossmont College Art Gallery, El Cajon, California, 1987; Jeanbne Otis: Color Dialogue, The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1984; and Jeanne Otis - Woman's Work, Triad Gallery, San Diego, 1975.
Her selected group exhibitions include: 11th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, 1996; 50th Anniversary: Faculty Invitatioal, Art Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1995; U.C.F. National Ceramics Invitational, Art Gallery of the Department of Art, University of Central Florida, Orlando, 1995; Sculpture Objects Functional Art, Miami Exposition, Florida, 1995; Barro Sin Fronteras: Clay Without Borders, University Art Gallery, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1994; Department of Art 25 Years Biennial Alumni Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1993; Seventh Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, 1992; Fresh Air: A Summer Selection from Gallery Artists, Joanne Rapp Gallery/The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1992; Ceramics '91, The Farrell Collection, Washington, D.C., 1992; and Clay's The Thing, Signature Gallery, San Diego, 1991.