BIO Cydney Ross was born, raised and resides in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013. Ross developed an interest in architecture as subject during a study abroad course at the International Ceramics Studios in Kecskemét, Hungary. A sculptor and jewelry designer, Ross maintains a studio fine arts practice in ceramics and mixed media. She is the creator of the wearable fashion line CYDNEY ROSS porcelain accessories, featuring precision-crafted, porcelain jewelry and accessories.
FINE ARTS STATEMENT As a sculptor and jewelry designer I create works of art in ceramics and mixed media, and a wearable fashion line featuring precision-crafted, porcelain jewelry and accessories. My interest in buildings is inspired by the urban and rural structures that surround me in my Midwestern hometown and travels. Architecture guides the forms and surfaces explored in all areas of my studio practice. Structures being built, torn down, or that have faced massive destruction capture my attention and stir my curiosity.
Though utilizing calculated building methods, an element of spontaneity occurs throughout the making process, particularly when the rules of chemistry and gravity come into play. These forces aid me in depicting the passage of time that follows all things, cared for or forgotten. I employ unconventional ceramic processes including intentionally over-firing or freezing and then thawing sculptures to encourage swaying, slumping, and collapsing. Examining architecture throughout its various life cycles furthers my exploration of the tension where creation and destruction reside.
PORCELAIN JEWELRY STATEMENT CYDNEY ROSS porcelain accessories are precision-crafted in Kansas City, Missouri. Inspired by architecture and flaunting a contemporary aesthetic, all works are handmade in small batches with a keen eye for details. Starting with a slab of clay, Cydney designs the jewelry by cutting strips of graphite and cream colored clays into geometric shapes, and creates incised details with a knife. She then goes through a labor-intensive process that includes brushing on glaze details, multiple kiln firings, and two rounds of hand-sanding to create a visually stunning wearable with tactile qualities. Several pieces feature pops of colorful glaze and accents of 12k gold or platinum luster that is applied by brush and fired into place. Dress them up or down, CYDNEY ROSS porcelain accessories are perfect for day and evening attire.
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