During my web meandering this week, I stumbled on 'my Precious', an online gallery created to showcase contemporary Greek jewerly artists. The work of Dora Haralambaki, who makes rings from earthenware clay with underglaze stains, caught my eye.
She is also the co-owner of Craftit, an arts and crafts workshop community for interaction among artists and the fostering of creative expression. And, she is a painter, potter, and poet.
I like these playful pieces because of their bright colors and that they're made from clay. These pieces do a nice job of showing how clay can be transformed into lovely jewelry.
Here is a poem written by Haralambaki, that gives you a nice idea of her approach to jewelry making:
Earth with water, dry on air and bake with fire!
Clay, my material.
Ductility like no one, is becoming my tiny little canvas on which I am treating it painterly.
I am mixing it with other materials in to a game full of contradictions.
Cold – warm, heavy – light, soft – solid.
Organic forms that lay on the body shape
Like continuation, like supplement…
Texture, color and experimentation in wearable objects are my target.