RA AND SHINE stands for beautiful handmade hand painted ceramic jewellery mixed with precious metals or playful copper, bronze and silver plated metals. The original inspiration comes from the famous Portuguese Azulejo Art Form. But the roots of the fantastic patterns reach beyond the Portuguese borders, all the way to the Far East and opens for me and everybody who wears them a vast and amazing new world. A world of unique interpretation, seen trough my eyes, after years of expertise in Ceramic and Painting.
“Everything starts from the clay…ceramic paste – improved, from XXI Century…between wireless, speed, time running, everything passing…is the silence, the simplicity…I can not say it better…the Wisdom of the Earth…and listening to this Wisdom I can stop the time…and start creating…I’m happy.”
What is there of local and universal in your artistic work? My inspiration begin here, in Portugal, admiring the wonderful Portuguese Azulejo….that gives every common place a unique touch and elegance. My expression and interpretation transcends the local influence, turning it into a universal world of colors and level of understanding.
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public? I expect the public to wear it , enjoy it and to turn it more vibrant with their own choice of colors.
The last work, book, film, that has moved me was… The Brothers Karamazov…..Fra Filippo Lippi ”Annunciation”…
Any designer, jeweler, artist, you appreciate a lot? There are many …Ingrid Cline, Mircea Suciu, Clarisa Lima…..
Your favorite piece of work that gave you satisfaction? All my work gives me satisfaction …but my favorites would be my Portuguese Caravels….
In which direction has jewellery moved in the past decades? It’s becoming more of an universal expresion and statement….and gained a lot on the experimental side.
Apart from creating, what do you do? I’m a mother of an 8 year old, I plant trees and flowers, plan to start painting again….
Who or what has been most influential in your work? My jewellery making was made possible by Clarisa Lima and the place I live for the moment with its bright light and as I mentioned before, the beautiful Azulejos around me.
When did you know you were an artist / maker? Never knew….but I enjoyed learning visual arts in high school and I went on from there….
How would you describe your creative process? Inquisitive, inspirational, fun, rewarding, challenging, fresh…..
Where would you like to be in ten years? Hope on an airplane reading a good book.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it? A plastic wired ring….just bend it and made a big knot ….. I was six or seven….that was before my father bought me one….
Any tips for selling handmade stuff? Be yourself, careful to details and quality and then spread ”the word”….