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Jill Foote-Hutton

Biography to Display: 

1970 Born, Kansas City, Missouri


1994 BFA Sculpture, Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri

2003 MFA Studio Art Ceramics Emphasis, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi


2012 Artist in Residence, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Residency Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

2013 Artist in Residence, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece

2014 Ceramic Surface Forum Invitational, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2015 Jentel Critic, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana in partnership with Jentel Foundation, Banner, Wyoming


2004–2010 Instructor, Department Coordinator, Gallery Director, East Central College, Union, Missouri

2010–2014 Curator of Exhibitions, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2015— Studio Artist, Community Arts Educator, Whistlepig Studio

2016— Head of Education & Artist Services, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

      2020             Editor, The Studio Potter   



Jill Foote-Hutton is known for ceramic sculpture and vessels that are dominated by painted underglaze imagery. Monsters take on various personas in her work; including bison and other creatures. Foote–Hutton’s work also features block printed texts which – much like the monsters – help bring her work to life. 

Foote-Hutton’s personal creations and field-activities oftentimes go hand-in-hand. Since 2010, she has been engaged in a series entitled Communal Narratives.  In which the artist and audience collaborate to create works revolving around the concepts of mythology, story and empowerment. The artist uses monsters as avatars to recreate personal stories. Foote – Hutton states that the concept of monster is rich in literary history: allowing her audience to create contemporary mythology from personal narrative that she hopes will empower the individual. The finished ceramic works (among other media) take form as both personal creations and collaborations with communities respectively. In 2015 Foote-Hutton established the Whistlepig Studio.

Curatorial endeavors, community collaborations and service to the clay community round out her artistic practice.

     On June 17th, 2013 Ben Carter interviewed the artist for Tales of a Red Clay Rambler. Excerpts from the podcast entitled Jill Foote–Hutton on Art as a Catalyst for Social Engagement can be found here:


Public Collections to Display: 

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Florida

Kolva-Sullivan Collection, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Skopelos Foundation for the Arts Collection, Skopelos, Greece


Bibliography to Display: 

Arbuckle, Linda, editor. 500 Plates, Platters & Chargers]. New York, NY: Lark Crafts, 2008.

“Artists in the Grassland.” The Missourian, 2009.

Blount, Akira, editor. 500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Expressions of the Human Form. New York, NY: Lark Crafts, 2008.

Crissman, Henry James Haver. “Considering Social Practice in Contemporary Ceramics.” NCECA Journal (2014).

Foote–Hutton, Jill. “A Community Gathers.” Ceramics Monthly (May 2004).

______________. “Community Revisited.” Studio Potter Magazine (February 2015).

Hanus, Julie. “Top 10 NCECA Moments.” American Craft Magazine (April 2013),

Martin, Brigitte. Humor in Craft. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2012.



Artist's Studio: WhistlePig Studio


Typical Marks
I Have to Figure Out Why I Keep Getting Myself in These Predicaments
Date: 2006
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Gilding, Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Should We Think About...
Date: 2013
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Magical Science
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 8, 2023.