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Every work of art has a story and this one is no different.. .
From her home studio in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, ceramicist Rebeka Kahn creates bewitching neckpieces, earrings and bracelets, each one incorporating uniquely sculpted ceramic and glass elements inspired by her surroundings & the clay itself!
Each piece of Rebeka Kahn jewellery is just as unique as the person who ends up wearing it. With every ceramic element in every creation singularly hand-crafted, glazed and fired in Rebeka's home studio, every piece receives the individual attention from the artist that the wearer deserves.
?I draw a lot of my inspiration from the clay itself. Sometimes I just close my eyes and feel the clay, roll it between my fingers for a while and just allow the natural flow of the clay tell me it?s story.
The clay has come from the ground after thousands of years of layer upon layer of once beautifully coloured mountains, rivers and organic materials such as rock and woods,
taking with it the whispers of it?s stories never to be revealed?... Or maybe the clay is in some way telling its own story and secrets through my hands??..perhaps it is the clay which is actually manipulating me and not the other way around? Who knows?
A journey of reincarnation, taking something which is so very old and transforming it into something new, so as it can become old again and have a whole other lifetime of new stories to tell, shedding a new life on it?s very ancient past..?
I add glazes and glass to each ceramic element, and twice-fire them in my own kilns, or outdoors in dramatic, large naked flames! By hand forming each piece and carefully selecting the right glazes and glass, (I try to use recycled glass from wine, sherry or beer bottles!) this allows me to control every aspect of the design, from inspiration right through to the final polish.
Of course, some things you can't control. Like the natural elements that inspire the designs, glass and ceramics often have a mind of their own, and natural reactions in the firing process often create effects we hadn't dreamed of, and inspire new designs in turn.
Each finished piece can take up to three weeks to create from start to finish.
It all conspires to make every piece an individual work of art, as unique and special as the person that ends up wearing it. Each piece is a one-off in it?s own right.