The hierarchy of materials is gold, then bronze, stone, wood and finally clay. But I’ve turned this hierarchy on it’s head. Clay is king in my work.*
One of a kind ceramic pieces of art. Sculpture in clay is a passion and so is the urge to create something simply beautiful. All I want is to create the jewelry I wish to have for myself and the objects I’d love to be surrounded by in my home. Patience and meraki* are the necessary values to achieve that. Each piece is by its nature unique and cannot be done exactly the same twice. That’s the meaning of ‘one of a kind’ after all.
Meraki*_ Greek word that would mean the deep love for creating something.
Creating ceramic jewelry is a long challenging procedure that tests your patience and inspires the imagination. Watching the metamorphosis of a moist ball of clay into a small piece of art is always rewarding, giving you the energy to go on. Grey stoneware, coarse and rough, versus white porcelain, smooth and elegant. Paired with raw silk, cotton, silver, and gold. The procedure consists of four stages, that are repeated endlessly in an effort of conquering the ideal:
The idea needs time to mature. The weight, the volume and the binding of the object has to be considered as well. Being an engineer qualifies you unexpectedly in many areas after all! The final object will emerge after repeated efforts and personal testing.
Working with clay can be so satisfying and therapeutic for your soul. It awakens contact with primitive instincts. Now it’s time to bring to life all these ideas that are kept in your head, new inspiration or modifications. When the time is right, the kiln is filled up and the journey begins. Patience is a real virtue.
The bisqued items are lined up waiting to be glazed. Transparent, white, grey, cobalt blue and turquoise, matte or glossy, are some of the options. The favorite ones. The goal is to keep authenticity alive and promote the texture of the base material.
Only the finest items reach this final point. Porcelain and stoneware are paired with cotton, linen, silver, raw silk cords and colorful fabrics. Black and white versus ocean blue, turquoise, emerald green and gold. The inspiration derives from the variety of materials that stand before me. Now, the jewel or object is ready to be presented to the world. Bon voyage!