Jillayne and Jeff Waite
11880 Grouse Covey Lane
Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin 54568
I took my first pottery class at the West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts in 1985. Then got busy raising kids and career, and in 2003, took a second class from Joan Slack at River Run. I set the idea aside again until 2012, when I found Leah Trojan teaching at LUHS for Nicolet. And … I have thrown myself into clay headlong and love every moment I can be in my studio. I approach my art by getting lost in the clay. I begin most days with no thought of what I will create. Some days the nothingness gets the better of me. Some days I succeed. Most days it “becomes” and I get lost a second time making it into something. I love to create sculptures with many pieces. I love color and whimsy.
People often ask “what’s your favorite – wheel throwing or slab work?” I used to say slab work because I can be more creative but in the last year I have been studying different artists especially Joan Miro. I have a series of pieces that I call “In Miro’s Light.” I use the thrown piece as a canvas – glazing it white and then glazing drawings over the white. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s colorful! But then – I’ve also started making a few large sculptures that needed a base so Jeff has jumped in with his chain saw, sander, and keen eye for the grain of wood to make my pieces have an added element. It’s fun collaborating together!
Creating has always been a part of my life. I love to work with kids and have always made time for creating and art in my life. It is a real joy to be at a place in my life where my creativity can be a central focus. I am thankful to live in a place where I am surrounded with the quiet beauty that helps to inspire me.
Studio open by appointment or chance