Friday, February 3, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Jill Birschbach, unedited

Jill Birschbach is the president of the Midwest Clay Guild and a working artist living in Evanston. She has a show at the Evanston Art Center, with an opening reception Feb 5, 1-4 p.m. The show (up thru March 4) features pieces from her Small Monuments Series, a collection of ceramics with photos from Birschbach’s personal collection. They capture the people and atmosphere of her childhood stomping grounds and when combined with ceramics, she explains, further immortalize lifetime memories.

Jill Birschbach’s work explores ideas about time, memory and loss. She originally used photographic images to convey these themes and more recently has been creating ceramic sculpture. With her discovery of ceramic photographic decals she was able to bring together her two interests.

In this interview we talk about several riveting and sexy topics; Jill’s use of her family as the subject in her photography, the emergence of digital photography, the Evanston Art Center and the merit of revisiting ideas many, many years later.

Jill graduated with a BFA from UW-Oshkosh in 1992, and has an MFA in photography from the University of Nebraska. She exhibits her work nationally and has been included in shows at AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Baltimore Clayworks, Bradley University, Lillstreet Art Center, and Texas Tech University among others ( She is a research editor for Getty Images in Chicago and has her studio at the Midwest Clay Guild in Evanston, IL (

See her work at

The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted on this blog and on

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