We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Roig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, what do you attribute your success to?
Jill Roig, founder of Eco-Pottery Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona specializes in creating glass-infused pottery. Jill’s artwork is derived from the natural world and her experiences in the Southwest. This Earth-art connects us to a broader universe and makes space for deep listening and evolution, especially within these turbulent times.
Jill was inspired by the Eco-Arts movement to create Eco-Pottery Studios, with the belief that art and beauty are essential ingredients in the rituals of daily living. Starting with natural clay from the earth, she transforms it through heat and fire, melting glass and adding crystals to create surreal pieces of modern ceramic art with universal themes with which people intuitively connect.
She believes that our homes should contain eco-friendly art that is sustainable, accessible and full of wonder, contributing to the joyfulness of daily living. Through Jill’s Eco-Pottery, we reflect upon how art made from natural materials — transformed by intention and creative innovation — add harmony, meaning and joy to our surroundings.
Shea Stanfield, a local arts writer, sums up Jill’s creative process by saying that she “has developed methods of taking not only clay, but a combination with fused glass and crystals, to the next level of utilitarian and spiritual consciousness.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Jill feels most alive while working as an artist and is inspired by the creative people, ideas and energy within the greater Phoenix artistic community. She says, “As a ceramic artist, I like texture, not the pursuit of the perfect, but of the raw and the real. I’m inspired by art, spirituality and passion.” And she adds, “I am motivated by human connection and those creating for the greater good. I admire people who live their truth and show up every day authentically.”
“In these uncertain times, I especially miss the collaboration of other creative artists. For now, I’m working from a simple place of love and gratitude, notes Jill. “Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water,” writes Elizabeth Gilbert. “So, in this time of stillness, I’m asking questions about how we can connect to our truths and move into a heart-centered way of being.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My first travel adventure after quarantine:
I love a good road trip! The expansive, open sky of the desert, some good tunes, cruisin’ up north from Phoenix to Sedona for an amazing day trip. First stop is Cathedral Rock also known as Red Rock Crossing. It’s a stunningly beautiful place, the most photographed spot in Sedona, and also a powerful vortex. The space is healing and nurturing, allowing for deep truths to energetically emerge. Next up is good people-watching and lunch at Whole Foods, Sedona. Best place in town to see a slice-of-life. After lunch, head down 89A to visit the store, Crystal Magic, and experience the beautiful healing tools, crystals, jewelry, and area shopping. As the day winds down, my must-see is the stunning sunset views from Airport Mesa Vortex. Extreme reds and yellow streak across the sky as you overlook the world. Plus, this spot is easy to get to, just a quick drive up Airport Road. I’ll cap off the day with a Fig Gorgonzola pizza from Picazzo’s.
Jill is looking to connect with other artists and activists to build community. She invites you to say hi!
All images by Jill Roig.