Jenny Ibsen


Jenny Ibsen is a Maine-based artist, restaurant worker, and organizer with a community-centered art practice.Her ceramic works are often colorful, hand-built terracotta vessels that intend to facilitate connection to food. In tandem with her ceramic practice, Jenny hosts elaborate pickle-centered meals as part of her series, fish picnic, which celebrates the Maine ocean, access to local food, and community through public and free outdoor experiences. Jenny moved to Maine in 2014 to pursue her BA at Bowdoin College. She was born in China and raised by her Scandinavian parents in Connecticut. She is a co-organizer for Tender Table and lives in Portland, Maine.

Dragon dream of warm sunsets

terracotta, underglaze; food safe & watersealed inside, but do not put in dishwasher/microwave; 4.5"x5"x5" (note: small pre-existing crack on one of the coil handles)


For the past year, Jenny has explored rabbits, inspired by the Year of the Rabbit and her 3-year-old niece’s love for bunnies. As we move into a new calendar, this piece reflects a similar form and fantastical landscape to that of her other works, but celebrates the Dragon. Dragons dream of warm sunsets comes from a place of strength, dreams, and transition. The repetitive cloud pattern and the form itself create a mesmerizing and cyclical surface, echoing our existence as time continues to rotate; while the vase’s whimsicality and vibrant palette express a lighthearted nature and bright reflection of sun. 

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