Jill Oberman

Artist Statement

I find it interesting that all people universally establish protective structures, both architecturally and psychologically. In exploring ways that people relate to each other through these structures, I am currently investigating the tension revealed in the spaces between objects.

My most recent work focuses on the elusive space of the horizon; the contact point where the earth meets the sky, or the sky meets the water. In my sculptures, I hope to convey a sense that the horizon might also be the space where there is a convergence between expectation, destiny, desire, hopelessness, distance, and vision.


Jill Oberman currently works as the Programs and Administration Director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. Prior to working at the Bray, Jill was the studio manager of the ceramics program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray, Anderson Ranch, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Jill earned her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts in Rochester, New York and her BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. While in her studio Jill focuses on creating simple, minimal ceramic sculptures that have been widely exhibited throughout the United States.