At first glance, Sterling Ruby’s ceramic dishes, stucco interiors, ice cream sandwiches and alien landscapes might not have much in common, but just a glimpse of our new collab with Philadelphia ceramic artist Jessica Hans shows how a creative mind-meld can be forged into real life, far-out forms.
Elemental and experimental describes Jessica’s approach with texture, pattern, and color. Her functional sculptures juxtapose earthy, raw materials with complexity and lightness. When not exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, Jessica often takes her experimenting one further by collaborating with designers she admires.
Our jewelry, similarly, is impeccably handcrafted and minimal, yet embraces the organic. This series of ceramic jewelry holders, created exclusively for Bario Neal, are the perfect complement to our tiny pieces of wearable art.
Jessica met Anna and Page through former Bario Neal staffer and gallery director, Elyse Derosia, while “making some funny ceramic beads” in 2012. Elyse thought there might be a possibility for a collaboration of some sort which turned into the celebrated ceramic stud earring project, Strata, launched in 2014. The Strata collab has proven to be a staple in our collection, embodying our playful, imaginative spirit through its colorful, interchangeable, stackable design.
“When Anna asked me to make some new jewelry dishes and experimental sculptural pieces to hold Bario Neal’s wares I immediately thought of Sterling Ruby’s ceramic dishes.”
We love how she manages to achieve such a distinct style, while still creating for a specific purpose. It requires a both a dedicated studio practice and a commitment to remain open to allow a response to the material, to really develop the aesthetic.
Jessica’s ceramics firing in the kiln. Photo by Joseph Webb
“I like having creative flexibility over my medium. I work predominately in earthy, organic ceramic forms but it’s important to me to not restrict myself to material. Lately I’ve been experimenting with sculptural forms that incorporate already-fired ceramic shards and epoxy resin and I’m happy with the results.”
Jessica in the studio. Photo by Joseph Webb
From dishes that display earrings with posts or stack rings on tiny tendrils, to conversation-starting vessels that tuck jewels into surprise nooks or dangle them from undulating limbs, these functional forms showcase your favorite gems in a lively landscape. An addition to the art collection that ups the decor game, while offering safe harbor for wearables while you slumber at night? Mad genius status achieved.
There might even be a future jewelry collaboration on the horizon, with Jessica and Anna dreaming up amazing necklace concepts that are bound to be otherworldly. In the meantime, scoop up your very own Jessica Hans x Bario Neal jewelry vessel here.
The full JH x BN ceramic jewelry display collection.