Jill Fishon-Kovachick (b. 1959 Harrison, NY) received a BS in Art Education from Skidmore College (1981). She attended Tyler School of Art (1981 -1982) and received a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College division of Norwich University (1997). Fishon-Kovachick was an Adjunct Instructor at Skidmore College for Special Programs (1993 - 2010). Fishon-Kovachick has exhibited her work nationally including Craftsman Gallery, Scarsdale, NY; Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA; L’Attitude Gallery, Boston, MA; The Plum Gallery, Williamstown, MA.; Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs and Sorelle Gallery, Albany, NY & New Canaan, CT. In 2011, she founded the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, “A community of creation and education” in Schuylerville, NY. Fishon-Kovachick is currently Director of the Saratoga Clay Arts Center and lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The world in which we live brings us challenges each day, varying in subject and intensity. In my experience, as we grow older we accept these challenges with worry, strength and dignity. Women in particular, whether we speak our minds or keep our thoughts private, experience unique struggles. The clay forms that I create are brought forth by those challenges - the destruction and reconstruction of ourselves. They are my response to what God gives to us and how we manage it. As people and as women, it is important for all of us to remember that we can communicate and process our everyday experiences through art, which allows others to do the same. In this way, we honor our efforts in staying strong thorough the different passages of life.