Jessica Steinhäuser is an award-winning Canadian ceramic artist who works on a grand scale, breathing new life into the ancient tradition of building kachelöfen. Kachelöfen are massive clay stoves that burn wood efficiently and cleanly. For Jessica, they are akin to giant blank canvases that she turns into stunning contemporary art installations that warm both body and soul.
That desire led to further study with kachelöfen builders in Austria (2004). Jessica created her first kachelofen in 2008, stepping into a largely male-dominated tradition and merging functionality with artistry: vibrant colour, sophisticated clean lines, poetic inscriptions and collaberation with other artists have become hallmarks of her work.
Jessica’s work has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Fusion Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Dwell.com, Grand Magazine and Toque Magazine. She has been the focus of articles in Japan, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and the United States.