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Ceramic Jewelry Exhibition Opens in Paris

Some 150 pieces are on display at Les Arts Décoratifs through Aug. 19.

CERAMIC FANTASTIC: The contemporary ceramic jewelry exhibition “Un peu de terre sur la peau” (or “A Bit of Clay on the Skin,” in English) was unveiled in an intimate gathering Wednesday evening at Paris’ Les Arts Décoratifs museum.

With cell phones pressed against the display cases, guests snapped pictures of Gésine Hackenberg’s antique plate necklaces, Ted Noten’s brooches made of coffee cups, and Andi Gut’s dental porcelain signet rings. Styles on display range from posh to tribal.

The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 19, features 150 ceramic pieces from 18 Asian and European artists. It celebrates their modern take on ceramic jewelry making, a craft that resurged in 1773 with England’s Josiah Wedgwood’s cameo pieces.

Display cases with artists’ necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and brooches line the walls of the exhibit room. Dutch designer Peter Hoogeboom’s Satantic Cuff bracelet, with its bone-like beads set against metal lining, sits in one of the center display cases, an imposing piece that captures the collection’s theme of old meets new.

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