Jessica Putnam-Phillips grapples with the medium of ceramics, one that is loaded with very specific meaning and associations. In her work, she attempts to the use the material of clay to carry a different meaning. She takes the notion of serving – and uses the objects she makes, traditional heirloom platters, to depict women who serve in the military. This carries biographical weight as well, and is reflected in both the form and content. She upends associations with gender, those of domesticity and the military. As with many contemporary ceramic artists, Jessica is engaged in subverting the material itself.