Pomegranates By Nadya and Dima Gurevich

Pomegranates By Nadya and Dima Gurevich

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These works offer a playful, contemporary take on the symbolic biblical fruit, celebrating its modern design potential while respecting its traditional decorative role. The simple, white shape is undermined by stains of carefree color, and an accent of real gold marks their crown.

Materials: Porcelain (lead-free), paint, gold
Dimensions:  4.3*3.1in

A Jewish symbol of fertility, love, and abundance, pomegranates are celebrated for their beauty as well as their ritual significance. One of the original “seven species” mentioned in the Bible—a group of grains and fruits that were dietary staples in ancient times—pomegranates were offered at the Temple in Jerusalem in Shavuot, and are eaten on Rosh Hashanah in order to symbolize that multitude of blessings that awaits in the New Year. They are often used to decorate Torah Books in Jewish communities around the world.

Nadya and Dima offer a playful, contemporary take on the symbolic biblical fruit, working to restore the pomegranate to its place of honor in modern times as they celebrate its design potential while respecting its traditional role. Their one-off hand-painted pomegranates are intriguingly deceptive as their simple, white shape is undermined by stains of colors, and an accent of real gold marks their crown.

“Pomegranate sculptures are very popular in Israel, and in Jewish tradition in general,” say the Gureviches. “We wanted to make something new and creative from this classical object. We made a mould of a real pomegranate fruit, and we started painting the casts with abstract expressive patterns, making unique designs every time. The pomegranates have become one of our favorite objects to experiment on.”

Nadya and Dima Gurevich

Nadya and Dima Gurevich, a husband-and-wife team, are two young designers who immigrated to Israel from Eastern Europe. Upon completion of their studies in Ceramic Art and Industrial Design, the couple opened the Sculpture In Design Studio in Old Jaffa, where they create functional sculptures made from porcelain that span a range of styles, from the delicately elegant to the bluntly whimsical. These objects insert themselves into the quotidian habits of daily life, sparking conversations and creating space for thought and inspiration within mundane actions.
Read more about Nadya and Dima here