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Jess recently discovered a photosensitive material that allows her to carve free-hand line drawings into her blown glass vessels. The technique she employs can most accurately be described as glass sgraffito, an adaptation of a ceramic technique where wet clay is stained and drawings are carved into the surface of the clay creating a two-toned image. In glass, the two-tone image is achieved by blowing a vessel with an interior color and a contrasting exterior color that serves as a skin through which she carves, revealing the interior color. The work Jess creates using this process celebrates the union between form and surface decoration while exploring the intricate beauty of the natural world.

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