Hailing from Cape Cod, Coco Raymond is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a double concentration in Ceramics and Archival & Museum Studies. The daughter of a sculptor and a production potter-turned-glassblower, she has been working with clay her whole life. Her experience with wheel-throwing began in high school, but she considers her four years at Simon’s Rock and her summer studies at Alfred University her primary ceramics education. When she's not in the studio, she enjoys working with polymer clay as a self-taught jeweler and miniature artist.
I view myself as equal parts artisan and artist. As the daughter of a craftsperson and a sculptor, I have a deep respect for the process of creation in and of itself, as well as the significance of communication through creativity. I am committed to well-made, functional work; however, I rarely go into a piece without the weight of my identity and experiences behind me. My work is inevitably informed by my relationships with my home, gender, size, queerness, and disability. As a folk musician and memorykeeper in a rapidly homogenizing world, I enjoy using a mix of modern and traditional symbolism -- everything from sailors’ tattoos to the mano cornuto to carvings of local marine life shows up in my work. I explore traditional techniques and aesthetics from different forms, including sgraffito, scrimshaw, and woodcuts. For me, my work is very much just that: work. But if I can make objects that we use every day a little more personal, meaningful, or just beautiful, I’ve done my job.