One-of-a-Kind Kiddush Cup by Melanie Sherman: Just A Little Tipsy #7

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    Missouri artist Melanie Sherman works mainly with porcelain and focuses on lavish surface decoration. Her work references exclusive and precious porcelain wares from 18th-century Europe as she seeks to capture the qualities for which porcelain has been known since its discovery thousands of years ago in China: purity, translucency, and resonance. She is captivated by the cultural exchange through porcelain trade starting as early as the 15th Century. Visiting the porcelain capital of the world, Jingedzhen in China, and the Japanese porcelain export port, Arita, and then encountering a palace filled with early porcelain wares from these two cities at the Zwinger in Dresden, Germany, reminded her of the relationships between these very different cultures and how they continue to influence each other, especially through the ceramic arts. Although there might be considerable differences between these civilizations, the cultural exchange between them is an important connector of history and has produced a long and rich exchange of ideas between artists and makers. Eastern craft traditions have been handed down to the West, where the handmade aspect is essential within the craft of the West. Sherman finds inspiration in enameled and lustered surfaces of the Baroque, Renaissance, and Rococo porcelain designs as well as elaborations on structural elements from these time periods.
    Her work features surface ornamentations and embellished shapes and incorporates and references historic drawings, motives, and patterns using traditional Chinese and Japanese decorating methods as well as skills she learned and studied from the crafts women and men of Jingdezhen and Arita, such as blue and white painting, chinapainting, flocking, gold luster, gold leaf, and gold powder applications.
    Each chalice from her "Just a Little Tipsy" collection is completely handmade and one-of-a-kind. A unique addition for kiddush on Shabbat and holidays or as a Miriam's or Elijah's Cup at Passover. Food safe; handwash only. Made in Missouri.
    Porcelain, Glaze, ChinaPaint, 24k German Gold Luster, Vintage Decals, Textured Decals, Platinum Decals
    H 5.75″ x W 3.5″ x D 3.5"
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