Jenny Mendes

Jenny has been working with ceramics professionally for over 25 years combining her love of clay and painting. She works as a fulltime maker and has taught workshops across the United States, as well as participated in ceramic residencies in France, Slovenia, Latvia, Turkey The Netherlands, and Serbia.

Describe your approach to teaching:
My approach begins with hand building, painting demonstrations and group discussion. Students are encouraged to trust and work intuitively towards the discovery of a personal voice within the materials presented.

What inspires your own work?
There is a thread throughout all of my work that reflects my experience of being alive. I am inspired by everything, especially nature, relationships, animals that I know, and stories.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us