Born & raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jill was always intrigued by creative pursuits, as far back as she can remember. Though studying art throughout high school, she never once had the opportunity to feel or experience clay in her younger years. However, during her time living in Washington DC, she worked various jobs in addition to taking classes at the Torpedo Factory, an Art Center founded in an old munitions plant. It was here Jill had her first interaction with clay & immediately felt a deep connection to this medium.
Jill went on to travel the world for the remainder of her young adulthood, seeking curious cultures, sights & sounds. Evenually, she found herself wanting to undertake a taditional education & pursued degrees in Spanish & Humanities. She went on to study at Maryville College, receiving a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Ceramic Art under the study of Polly Ann Martin. Upon graduation the following year, Jill decided to pursue a year of study at the University Tennessee Knoxville in Ceramic Art and had the great fortune of studying under Sandy Blaine, Sally Brogden, and Frank Martin.
After completing a year of study in the upper level ceramics division, she knew that she had found her calling & that clay was something she wanted to explore for the rest of her life. Jill then went on to study, teach & manage at numerous ceramic art studios in the Southern US, collecting ideas and creating a vision of what her own studio might be like someday, while attending graduate school and obtaining three graduate degrees in the field of counseling.