Jessica Gaddis is continually on the search for light and laughter. She intimately observes matter and questions what it means to be an energetic being in a physical body. Her materials range from clay to oil paint, wood and plaster, plastic, metal, raw pigments, plastic, found objects, and lunch leftovers. The studio is a place for play and experimentation. Her adventures have woven their way into her work. After college she ran away with a traveling circus in San Francisco, CA. In Taos, New Mexico, she built and educated others about off-grid Earthship houses, and assisted artist Christian Ristow assemble his Hand of Man sculpture for Google in San Francisco, CA. She was an assistant teacher and lab technician at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Boston for an all levels ceramics course and curated two exhibitions at the Harvard Korea Institute – one honoring professor emeritus David R McCann. For a summer she hitchhiked to an artist residency in Stodvarfjordur, Iceland. While in graduate school, she took a break from her studies to assist artist Arlene Shechet construct large scale plaster molds for ceramic sculptures at the Koehler Ceramic Residency in Wisconsin. She has shown nationally and internationally. She has found support to pursue her multi material interests including a blacksmithing fellowship at the Steel Yard in Providence, RI and a glass scholarship at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY and two RCPA awards at SUNY New Paltz. She holds a BFA and MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz.