Born in 1980, Raïssa Bump earned a BFA in metals from Rhode Island School of Design and studied jewelry with Giampaolo Babetto at Alchimia in Florence, Italy. She’s been actively involved in the contemporary jewelry field and is well versed at making both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections.
Raïssa’s work is collected widely and has been included in various Lark Book publications and in the pages of Metalsmith magazine. She exhibits with galleries such as Sienna Patti Contemporary, teaches workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts amongst others, and is chair of the board of Art Jewelry Forum. In 2015 she founded Reset, whose mission is to educate others to be attentive to their bodies’ signals and provide them with practical self-tuning techniques so that they can continue creating.
Artist’s statement: Raïssa believes there’s wild variety in our human experience and there should be many ways to convey on the outside some small bit of the beauty of our inner lives. She’s an artist, mother, educator, writer. As a maker, she’s fueled by how humans show up in our days, how we present ourselves, and the rituals of everyday life with special objects. Poet and essayist Lia Purpura’s words about her jewelry beautifully express its essence: “Though meant to embellish the body, contained within her jewelry is the utility and liveliness of essential tools—a quality that might suggest we reexamine the beauty of tools and, by extension, the aesthetic properties of raw materials (the gentleness of silver, the liquidity of diamonds), the organic delicacy to be found in urban landscapes, the mathematics of the natural world. We might, with her guidance, experience the multiple expressive selves that take up residence in a single glorious object.”