Jude Odell

Jude Odell


The unexpected oddness of our lives – twists, turns, stumbles and rebirths, all form our expression, stance, and style of interaction, always embellished with the subtle marks and scars of life’s experiences.

My figurative claywork is composed of hollow, handbuilt forms. I use various pinching, pulling, slab, and attaching techniques. Surfaces are often carved, textured, or roughened . After a bisque firing, pieces are rubbed and brushed with layers of underglazes, majolicas, and glazes.

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About My Work:

I use hand building techniques and a variety of glazes to create figurative sculpture for pedestals and the wall.  Tile groupings are based on color and texture. I make drawn, carved and glazed picture tiles and decorative pottery.  My surfaces are all glazed, with the color palette ranging from bright lively saturated color to subtle earth tones.

I teach clay classes for adults, and a variety of visual art media for children, including clay, murals, and painting.  In my programs, children have created relief tile murals for their schools, clay totems for an entranceway, a mosaic piece on a park wall, a painted bridge near a school, and individual artwork to be taken home.  Children’s classes are based on learning about a particular culture, artist, or natural form.  I am particularly interested in multi-cultural art forms, traditions, and life-styles.

Pricing Information:

Decorative Pottery $40 to $200

Sculptural pieces  $130 to $900

Individual Picture Tiles $30 to $120

Textured Tile sold in groupings starting at $90.


BFA Virginia Commonwealth University, major in Art Education, minor in Crafts

Coursework in ceramics, Penland School


Indianapolis Art Center – Faculty

Young Audiences of Indiana – Teaching Artist

Garfield Park Art Center – Clay Studio Manager and Teaching Artist

Harrison Center for the Arts – studio artist


Artist Project Grant, Indiana Arts Commission, 2010/2011

ArtReach Instructor of the Year, Indianapolis Art Center, 2010

Artist Creative Renewal Grant, Indianapolis Arts Council, 2005-06

Clayfest XI, Herron School of Art and University of Indianapolis,Award of Merit, 1999, Indiana

Kentuck Arts Festival Award of Merit, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1997

Individual Artist


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