Rebeka Kahn specialises in the creation of three-dimensional art pieces made from ceramic and glass, employing the ancient Japanese method of raku firing. Rebeka’s method results in a distinctive glaze through the utilisation of organic materials such as wood chippings, nuts and paper during a firing method that results in beautiful lustrous pieces of wall art.
In the past three years, and, with the opening of a much larger studio and workspace, Rebeka has gone from employing seven people to 14 staff members. Her wall art is stocked in over 40 shops around Ireland and she now has her eye firmly on export too - planning forays into the UK, US and French markets. Rebeka is known for her use of colour. Her pieces come in a variety of different sizes, and, while she is perhaps most well-known for her organic natural images of flowers, seascapes and landscapes, she has also begun producing contemporary designs incorporating motifs such as hot air balloons and butterflies.
Rebeka specialises in raku firing - an ancient technique that is recognised by its metallic lustre and cracked appearance. Each piece is made from start to finish by hand in her studio in the foothills of the Dublin mountains. Rebeka spent many hours during the initial phase of her business perfecting the techniques necessary to make her wall art.
Each artwork begins life as a round piece of clay which is flattened and moulded to Rebeka’s design. It is then dried out very, very slowly before being tested scientifically for moisture content and being placed in a kiln for 24 hours.
After a further 24 hours cooling time, each piece is given three coats of glaze, all of which are carefully hand-applied. The next step produces the real magic of Rebeka’s artworks.
The piece is placed into one of her purpose-built raku ovens where it is placed on a bed of organic materials such as chestnuts, wood, dried leaves or paper (each one creating a distinctive result). The material is set alight - flames burning hot and bright for several minutes before a lid is placed on top, the oxygen is sucked out, and the piece is left for two to three hours. On removal from the raku oven, the piece is painstakingly cleaned with a small brush before it is placed in a frame and the 3D elements are added. From a mundane piece of clay thus a lustrous and vibrant piece of art is born.
Find Rebeka Kahn on Stand C60 at Design Ireland in the Main Hall