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Raluca Buzura. Black stripes brooch


Black stripes brooch s an original creation of Raluca Buzura. 

It is made of casted porcelain, covered in transparent glaze and pigmen and fired at the high temperature of 1240°C. The brooch has a thin layer of colloidal gold for which is required a second firing of 800°C. Porcelain pieces assembled on artificial leather with brass and stainless steel lock.

Product details: 

Width: 60 mm
Height: 130 mm
Weight: 50 g
Materials: porcelain, pigment, colloidal gold, luster, artificial leather, brass, steel.

Raluca Buzura:

“Look at this way: I have to stay in the atelier over 16-17 hours, practically guarding the oven, until the ceramic pieces are burnt. That is for the first stage, after I had my sketches ready. Then, I have to put the glaze, the pieces go back into the oven, then the painting, the assembling process… To make a necklace could take two weeks”, says Raluca Buzura when I asked her about the process of doing the beautiful necklaces. She has now more than 130 patterns of necklaces (and the same number of models for brooches, rings and earrings). “I have started working on ceramics 7 years ago, when I graduated the Ceramics-Glass-Metal, at The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. My first pieces were more hand-made pieces, small brooches, rings and stuff. I was invited to Autor contemporary jewellery fair, and I realized that contemporary jewellery is more than I think; I improved my technique and my designs over the years”.

“I remember my first big piece, my first necklace: it was something from the tribal area of inspiration, made of black clay with some long and golden rods”, she says to me, while I was looking around the atelier, wishing I could take all the pieces back with me: statement necklaces covering the entire cleavage, with dozens of little pieces looking like feathers or poppy flowers in an extravagant construction, architectural green cubes or golden leafs. Yes, let’s not forget about my favorite: the necklace with a dozen mice.

“I made this just for me, as an experiment. I had buying requests, but I told everybody that is not for sale”, smiles Raluca. “During university studies, I didn’t actually think I will do jewellery. I wanted to do installations. And I did one and it was a little bit Hitchcock-like installation, with birds, and mice, exploring the phobias, a visual thriller in the end” she remembers, adding that she has in mind to do sometimes an entire collection with humans’ phobias as the central theme. “My favorite texture is ceramics. I love it because it goes from one state to another, first liquid, then solid after burning. I can play with the pieces. And I don’t think I will give it up so easily”, she says, admitting that, even when it is about design and creativity, you can have “stage fright”. “At every collection I got nervous, I think how it is going to end, if I will have enough ideas to finish the work… But I try hard to overcome myself, to be better with every new collection.”

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