a 1200-year-old artform that has its roots in the Middle East and
has made its journey through
North Africa to Europe to the BabetteBeads collection. Reduction-fire
lustre techniques, which are highly prized and equally secret, allow
ceramics to take on wonderful metallic luminescence depending on
light and other environmental catalysts. Lustre-glazed jewelry
housewares had long been the favored look of royalty. Now it can
be a key element of your own personal style.
The last ceramic artist able to create similar multicolored,
luminescent glazes was Beatrice
Wood, who died in 1999 at
the age of 105. She
left without divulging her prized process.