Raïssa Bump received a BFA in metals from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and studied jewelry with Giampaolo Babette at Alchimia in Florence, Italy. She has actively been involved in the contemporary jewelry field since graduation and has experience making thoughtful collections and intricate one-of-a-kind pieces. Raïssa exhibits with galleries such as Sienna Patti, teaches workshops at Penland, Haystack & Arrowmont and is on the board of Art Jewelry Forum. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of NY and currently lives and works in San Francisco.
"The jewelry I construct focuses on details, subtle beauty, and unusual combinations. I have a gravitational pull towards how humans express themselves. Voice–especially the non-verbal kind. How our inner world is expressed in an outward way-Beauty. Jewelry fits quite wonderfully in to that, it continues to delight and surprise."
"To me there is a great satisfaction in using my hands and employing age old metal and textile traditions that are slow and repetitive---a sharp contrast to our fast paced world of mass production. My work is fueled by a direct, tactile response to the contrasting materials of metal and fiber, loving them each for their unique qualities such as strength, flexibility, or color. There is an emphasis on structure, or lack of; how much is apparent and how much is concealed."