Bright Raven Studio
About The Artist
Gabriela Margarita De Jesus • New Haven, CT
Ceramics • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I am an Afro-Latina ceramicist in New England creating small-batch and functional ceramics inspired by everyday rituals. My current work combines ceramics and my background working in analog photography. These are bowls and mugs that begin as wheel thrown forms, have blue underglaze painted the surface, and are then carved by hand. They are inspired by the photographic process of cyanotypes or “sun printing”. Each piece features a unique botanical motif.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
Many of my pieces begin as a form thrown and trimmed by hand on the potter's wheel. Once a piece reaches the leather hard state, I then begin exploring various forms of surface decoration by adding textures, drawing, or carving the pots directly. At this stage, I am already thinking of the pieces final color and how a particular glaze might break over the texture or pattern I am creating. The pieces are then fired for the first time, in the bisque firing. Once the pieces are bisque, most decisions have been made and all that is left is the glazing of the pieces. My ceramic pieces are functional and meant to be used every day and so I use colorful glaze combinations that are food safe while also taking care that they highlight the textures I create. I am drawn to vibrant glazes, such as with my cosmic inspired collection, or with bold color combinations as in my color-block series. For the most intricately carved pieces however, I often find that a single glaze can provide enough variety as it pools and runs over the surface of a piece to create a more understated and elegant finish.