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Raku XXXI Sculpture

Jessamyn Go

United States

Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 4 W x 6 H x 4 D in

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About The Artwork

Raku firing is a more intensive approach and requires heightened attention and physical connection to each minute and step of the vessels’ finishing process. It feels and looks like a ritualistic dance with fire and smoke to conjure the lustrous and smoky finish. First all the vessels are fired in an oxidation kiln to bisque in preparation for the raku kiln. They are then bathed in layers of metal rich low fire glazes. The vessels are next placed into a gas kiln outdoors and fired to a peak temperature of about 1800 degrees. When the glaze is molten hot and glowing red, the vases are then cherry picked with iron forging tongs, and transported into a reduction chamber. The chamber is filled with locally foraged dried leaves, sticks, pine needles and grasses. This organic matter ignites into flames and the smoke envelopes the hot vessel. The chamber is then sealed to suffocate the environment of oxygen. Oxygen is then pulled from the glaze and clay bodies to reveal vibrant color and metallic lusters. The finished pieces are subjected to thermal shock and can get damaged in this volatile process. The glazed surface reveals thermal shock cracks where the smoke has penetrated leaving marks. The smokey cracks are striking markings, similar to scars or tattoos. Evidence of nature’s duality, the balance of fragility and strength, the vitality of survival that is embedded into my body of work.

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:4 W x 6 H x 4 D in

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Jessamyn Go is a ceramic artist, educator, environmental conservationist and the founder of Femme Sole. Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, she attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Studio Art. Aside from leading a successful small batch production studio Jessamyn is a founding member of the Mastic Beach Conservancy, serves on the board of trustees, and works with the fundraising committee to organize local events to raise funds for their community. Jessamyn began working with ceramics in 2018 when she pivoted away from a 20+ year career in luxury retail management. During the pandemic shutdown of Covid 19 she began selling her ceramic wares through social media and local farmer's markets to raise funds to build her home ceramics studio in Mastic Beach, NY. Slowly gaining local recognition for the Femme Sole signature style, she began to develop a wholesale production for stores, and began to teach ceramics privately to both children and adults out of her home studio. In addition to leading a successful production practice for Femme Sole, Jessamyn began to exhibit her art globally presenting the Femme Sole Signature Collection vases with 1000 Vases in Paris, France during Art Paris in Spring of 2022, and again with 1000 Vases at Super Studio Piu in Milan, Italy in the Summer of 2022. Her most recent body of work is centered on women’s rights issues that exhibited at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY and with the Perseus Gallery at Red Dot in the Wynwood Art District during Art Basel Miami.

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