Colebrooke, Jessica

Jessica Colebrooke (born 1972, Nassau, The Bahamas) is the first Bahamian female tile manufacturer, a ceramicist and a trained teacher. In 1996 she established Jessica’s Tileworks Studio and Gallery, the leading ceramic manufacturing company in The Bahamas, which produces art tiles, fine art pottery and souvenirs.

Colebrooke graduated in 1994 from The College of The Bahamas with an Associates of Arts degree, and in 1997 from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at RISD, Colebrooke received the Robbins Today Award as the Distinguished Ceramics Major.

As an educator, Colebrooke has been a part-time art lecturer at The College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas). She also worked for 3 years with the Ministry of Education and conducted regular ceramic workshops over the summer months in The Bahamas.

In 2003, Colebrooke was selected to be part of the Inaugural Exhibition of The National Gallery of The Bahamas. In 2009, she was curator and participant in the first ceramics Ceramist and Potters of the Bahamas at the Popopstudios ICVA, Nassau. She has participated invarious arts shows, including Sump’n Familiar at the Central Bank of The Bahamas, 1997, and a traveling exhibition titled White Columbus. In 2008 she was named Pioneering Woman Honoree by the Zonta Club of Nassau and in 2010, Colebrooke was selected as a featured artist for the opening of the D’Aguilar Art Foundation.