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The golden ring with photo voltaic rays.

Photographed by Jaoven Ricoeur

“I watched my father craft jewellery my complete life,” Ricoeur says, “and I’d studied artwork earlier than going into communications. And simply earlier than COVID, as a lot as I actually, actually love my job, I used to be pondering how I missed making—that you’ve an thought in your head, use your arms to create it, after which have the ultimate product in entrance of you. I used to be in search of that sense of achievement.” With the free time the pandemic afforded him, Ricoeur began making ceramics—shopping for the clay, messing round with it, seeing what was doable and the way he might stretch himself creatively. “It was wonderful reconnecting with that a part of myself,” he says. “And my Dad was actually completely satisfied to see me doing it.”

As Ricoeur’s birthday approached a few years in the past, he requested his father to make him a necklace. “To not say that factor everybody all the time says,” he says, laughing, “however I might by no means discover what I needed, so I made a decision to design it myself. However actually it was about greater than that: I needed to put on one thing that related me and my dad.” Ricoeur senior was up for it, with one caveat: He’d make the pendant, however his son needed to not solely design it, however carve the wax to make the mildew too. Which he did, sending a tiny sculpture within the form of a smiling face, which then grew to become his piece of jewellery.

When Ricoeur began carrying the necklace, individuals observed, requested him the place he obtained it—after which, sure, he began to work along with his father to make them as one-off commissions for his quick circle of buddies and, earlier than lengthy, his Instagram circle of buddies. (Jewellery from Jaoven Ricoeur is in the stores through @jaoven.) Over the course of 18 months, he says, he added solar and moon designs, which he’d already been exploring along with his ceramics. The solar, he realized, was similar to one his artist mom had painted on the wall behind his mattress in his childhood bed room.


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