Shou Sugi Ban
2015 – 2018
This series, composed of pieces made from sterling silver and wood charred by hand, is inspired by an ancient Japanese technique, traditionally used in architectural cladding. The wood, which appears to be ruined by fire, is made flameproof and rot resistant, while acquiring a unique look. Shou Sugi Ban is part of a symbolic approach, where the use of charred wood evokes a personal transformation, profound and intimate; the meeting of fire and wood, energy and matter. This collection offers a powerful aesthetic in which the metal, worked in a stilt structure, offers support to the crackled black wood. Strength and delicacy come from the harmonious meeting of these materials, so different, yet complimentary.