Jeff Campana is a potter currently living and working as a long-term Artist in Residence at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. He received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2004, and received his MFA in 2008 from Indiana University Bloomington. In the past, Campana has been a Ceramics Technician at Bennington College, a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at the University of Louisville, and an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.
Campana creates stunning ceramic pieces by first dissecting pottery, then reassembling the pieces like a unique puzzle to create bowls, teapots, pitchers, and other vessels that reveal intersecting seams as a design element. Although each pot starts as several pieces, and the seams are featured both on the outside of the piece as well as the inside, the vessels remain structurally sound through the use of pooling glazes. The glazes work to strengthen the vessel, while the seams hint at a level of delicate beauty. Campana notes he is currently inspired and influenced by various botanical designs. This is reflected throughout his work, with some pieces featuring seams that resemble the veins of leaves, or the shape of tapered petals. Campana’s work has been included in several Ceramics Monthly features, and has been exhibited internationally.