Jessica Knapp was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, followed by a year of post-baccalaureate study at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 2003. From 2004 to 2006, she was a volunteer studio technician and artist in residence at San Diego State University. She was an artist in residence at the Ceramic Center Berlin from 2006 to 2007, funded by a German Chancellor Scholarship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.
Knapp has shown her work in several regional, national and international exhibitions, including: Bloom at Koelsch Gallery in Houston, Texas, 2013; Clay on the Wall, at Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 2013; Reunion: What Made You Start Again? at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado, 2012–13; Small Favors at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2011 and 2012; Cloud Patterns, Project Space Installation, 2012 NCECA conference, Seattle, Washington; 2010: A Space Odyssey and Couplets (2009) at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland; Malleable Thought at the Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 2009; Reflections:Solo Farewell Exhibition at the Ceramic Center Berlin, 2007; San Diego Design: New Work from Allied Craftsmen at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 2006; Collaborative, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego State University, 2005; It’s All About Love, Wichita State University, 2005; Allied Craftsmen group show, University of California, San Diego, 2004; Group Show, NCECA, Indianapolis, IN, 2004; What Made You Start Again? MFA Graduate Exhibition, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2003; Priceless Graduate Student Exhibition, Dairy Center; Boulder, CO, 2003; Juried Exhibition, and CU at Spark, Spark Gallery; Denver CO 2002, 2003; Colorado Clay 2002, at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO ; 2002 Synapse, Galeria Corriente Alterna, Lima, Peru; the June Juried Exhibition, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center; Richmond, VA, 2001; and the National Crafts ‘99 Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art; Lancaster, PA.