My name is Jess and I am the woman behind OËPAN, creating functional ceramics from start to finish. I begin with earthy clay, add in black iron sand from my local beach - Raglan and then I throw the piece on the potters wheel. After making, trimming and first firing I coat the piece in one of the unique glazes which I have developed, before manually firing them in a gas kiln to 1300° Celcius.
Being sustainable as a maker is very important to me, so I am conscious of the work I put out into the world and ensure that it will last for a very long time. I try to make aesthetically pleasing functional pieces with a warm, rustic, natural feel to them.
I am inspired by the beauty of nature around me in my home at the foot of the Hakarimata Ranges. I try to reflect these elements in the simple forms and decoration in my work as well as my colour palette.
O Ë P A N (oh-pah-n) is very old Latin which means 'to take in /care for /tend to' and it is my hope that people feel this when they touch my work.