Last week, David and I stopped by Danielle's studio to gain a greater insight into her design process for our edition of 10 seder plates. Her studio was decorated like her ceramic work - bright, airy colors, freehand drawings, and an appreciation of wabi-sabi imperfection.
Dani began her ceramics practice in São Paulo, with a studio at Casa do Povo, in the Jewish neighborhood of Bom Retiro. Casa do Povo is a cultural center founded by Jewish refugees in 1946, born of a double desire: to pay homage to those who died in the Nazi concentration camps and to create a space that would unite the wide variety of associations that had been born in Brazil, in the international struggle against fascism – thus providing continuity to the secular, humanist, Jewish culture that nazi-fascism had attempted to suppress in Europe.
Working with artists across cultural lines allows us to think about the history of Jewish diaspora, through thoughtfully made objects demonstrating how Jewish history has criss-crossed around the globe.