Jessika Edgar

Jessika Edgar

Assistant Professor, Area Coordinator of Ceramics


Rm 60.2, Art Building

Jessika Edgar


Jessika Edgar is a ceramic artist based in Metro Detroit. Her research focuses on concepts related to identity and value through an investigation in contemporary craft and sculptural abstraction. Raised in both Western Massachusetts and Southern California, Jessika has an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011), an MA in Studio Art (2009) and BA in Studio Art (2008) from California State University Northridge.

Jessika has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, Ceramic Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX and Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Gyeonggi Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Rep. of Korea. She has been awarded residencies at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wassaic Projects, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and A.I.R. Vallauris.

Areas of Expertise


  • Handbuilding
  • Throwing
  • Mold Making and Casting
  • Glazing and Firing

Degrees and Certifications

MFA, 2011, Cranbrook Academy of Art

MA, 2009, California State University Northridge

BA, 2008, California State University Northridge

Courses Taught

ACR 2550: Introduction to Ceramics

ACR 3550: Intermediate Ceramics

ACR 4000: Ceramic Multiples I

ACR 4550: Advanced Ceramics I

ACR 5000: Ceramic Multiples II

ACR 5550: Advanced Ceramics II

ACR 5880: Directed Projects in Ceramics

ACR 7550: Graduate Problems in Ceramics

ACR 8880: MFA Studio: Ceramics

Find details about these courses HERE

Recent Publications

Selected Exhibitions


Korean International Ceramics Biennale (KIBC), Gyeonggi Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Province, Rep. of Korea

Artifact. Manifest: A Non-Profit Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH


Now, more than ever. Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition. Maxon Mills Gallery, Wassaic, NY:

Utopian Living: Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence 2019. BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for Arts, Woodstock, NY

Materials: Hard + Soft. International Contemporary Craft Competition. Second Place Award. Greater Denton Arts Council, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX


Work, Practice, Play. Clamplight Artist Studios and Gallery, San Antonio, TX

The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction. NCECA Annual Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Michigan Mud 2019 Presenters Exhibition. Holding House, Detroit, MI

9 Hours: a live stream from Detroit, projected into Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago, IL

Inspired: Baralaye, Cromwell, Edgar, McDonald. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

Roy G Biv Family Reunion. Roy G Biv, Columbus, OH

We Live Here. 1301 Broadway, Detroit, MI


Breaking Ground: Indian Ceramics Triennale. Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India

It’s Not Too Much, Is It? Spotlight Gallery, School of Visual Arts, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

A Gifted Offering. Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

Courses taught by Jessika Edgar

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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