Initially created to pass time, much like stacking stones, these beads became a nod to Dubois' grandmother and grandfather, who strung beads on their school bus that they lived on, as a means to save money to open their pottery school in Davenport, California. Big Beads is intended for wall-hanging or decoration. The hollow yet heavy beads are thrown on the wheel and then hand formed.
These beads are individually hand formed, making it a slow and meditative process to complete each strand.
Each strand measures a 17” drop, or 34” around, and is strung on waxed cotton cord. Beads are sculpted from stoneware and fired in a reduction environment.
Jessie DuBois’ work explores the ephemeral nature of a landscape. Through texture, layers of slip, embracing kiln atmosphere, use of locally foraged wild clays, plant material, and wildfire ash, it is intended to honor and preserve a terrain which is ever shifting.