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Ceramicist Jillian O’Dwyer speaks at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona Sept. 21. She uses objects she finds to leave imprints of recognizable forms on her ceramic pieces. She then paints and glazes them to highlight certain areas in the material. / photo by Taylor Griffith

Ceramicist Jillian O’Dwyer speaks at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona Sept. 21. She uses objects she finds to leave imprints of recognizable forms on her ceramic pieces. She then paints and glazes them to highlight certain areas in the material. / photo by Taylor Griffith

Jillian O’Dwyer, a Running Springs-based ceramic artist, discussed her work Sept. 21 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.

O’Dwyer told the audience she is inspired by things she finds in the streets and in parking lots. She also likes to write.

“Words really resonate so I don’t have sketch books, I have lists,” she said.

Her ceramic works consist of various textures and colorful glazing styles of plates, flower pots and mugs.

“I might have the same texture tools that I use for every single piece, but each (has) a different pattern,” O’Dwyer said.

O’Dwyer uses found objects, such as tire parts and items from garbage dumpsters. When she is out in the streets collecting new texture tools, she said she also enjoys collecting footprints from people she encounters. She said she finds the different textures of the soles of shoes interesting.

O’Dwyer ended her lecture with a quote by author and inspirational speaker Simon Sinek: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

—Vanessa Martinez

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