Jake's art is a constellation of ideas revolving around the functional ceramic vessel. He takes elements of form, function, and design that he finds valuable, translating them into clay and arranges them into unique compositions. Experimentation allows Jake to work with endless variables within a fixed system of materials. When he travels or works in the studio his curiosity of the world is visually tempered with an interest in the vessel. He questions the relationships of tradition and innovation, the handmade and the mass-produced, and the ideas of creative authorship vs. ownership. Through his pots he subtly questions these binaries while producing functional and pleasurable objects for daily life. Jake is inspired by neolithic ceramic artifacts, Goryeo Dynasty celadons, beach glass, abstractionism, and the subtleties left by practical processes in ordinary places.