Snow White (Jewellery Collection) by Kay Jiaqi Zhou
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Award Winner
Porcelain clay as a naturally formed material has over 1,000 years history. Floral theme inspired from nature also represents a timeless chic for ladies fashion. Applying porcelain into fashion jewellery isn't very common. Precisely, exploring the possibilities between these two gives the meaning of the design.
Snow White collection is not about diamonds or gem stones; it's about earth that has been dug from the ground. After a long journey of design, experimenting, handcrafting, high-temperature firing and assembling, it was finally shaped and refined into delicate porcelain jewellery. Collection is inspired from different seasonal flowers. They include Plum Blossom Cluster Necklace, Plum Blossom Ring, Snowdrop Tassel Earrings, Daisy Stud Earrings and Plum Blossom Statement Ring.
Design Challenges
Porcelain flower crafting was one of the most challenging and time-consuming parts of the design. This process requires close attention. Any careless handling could cause damage on the petals. Unlike re-welding silver or gold metal, (although clay can be recycled), the broken petals are very unlikely to bond together properly again once they got damaged.
Production Technology
Every piece of porcelain has experienced twice kiln firing (biscuit firing and glaze firing), for more than 15 hours, with temperatures reaching over 1200 degree Celsius. Making process also included sketching, crafting, cooling, polishing and assembling. The entire process is all handmade. Every piece is unique in shape and no two are exactly the same.
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