Jessica Hans is an artist and designer based in Philadelphia, Pa. who specializes in ceramics and functional sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Mr. Kitly in Brunswick, Australia, OMMU Distribution in Athens, Greece, IKO IKO Space in Los Angeles, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Hans will be exhibiting a new body of work at Either Way LA in Los Angeles, Ca. opening on February 28th. She received her BFA in Ceramics and Fiber Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.
Jessica Hans’ work stems from an interest in the naturally occurring pattern and texture of rock and earth. She specializes in functional sculpture that retains its sense of self by leaving exposed the bare, raw material on the surface of her vessels. Hans will often add foraged rocks and minerals into her clay body and glaze for a more visceral experience as if the objects themselves emerged from the earth. Flashes of brightly colored glaze appear against a dark, neutral body, reminiscent of molten lava or a slime mold developing on a wet, rocky surface.