UWO alumna, ceramist ‘on fire’ for the arts

Creativity is limitless. It can happen through a brush on canvas, a piece of charcoal on paper, a mouse click on a computer screen, the flash of a camera or the fire of a kiln.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Jill Birschbach ’92, of Evanston, Ill., has dedicated her life to the arts, from graphic design and painting to ceramics and figure drawing. Her passion for the arts led her to pursue a major in art with a photography emphasis at UW Oshkosh.

Birschbach’s love of telling stories through photography helped pave the way to her current job as a research editor for Getty Images, a stock photo, video, music and multimedia company. She researches content within the database for clients to find images that fit their movie, television show or other project.

Often, Birschbach is asked to find photos of cities and landscapes to be used in movies and television shows that the producers do not plan to film on location.

“It’s nice that I get to use the skills I used in all my years of education,” Birschbach said.

Despite her educational background in photography, Birschbach’s true passion is in ceramics. After taking one ceramics class during her last semester at UWO, she taught herself the art and began creating her own work.

Birschbach’s pieces feature different textures and glazes inspired by industrial objects.

“I’m interested in making things that look like they could be part of a machine, tool or industrial thing,” Birschbach said. Her work has been displayed in venues around the U.S., including the AKAR Gallery, Lillsmith Art Center and the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Birschbach believes the importance of pursuing a career in the arts cannot be over-expressed.

“If there wasn’t art or design, I don’t think the world would be as beautiful of a place,” Birschbach said.

View more of Birschbach’s work.


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  • Fabulous artist lucky to own one of her pieces!