Cardinal Chandelier by artist Emma Witter is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’
collection. Working predominantly with discarded natural debris to make intricate and contemporary pieces, Emma Witter aims to create new life for the lost. While mudlarking on the foreshore of the River Thames, Emma found an abundance of oyster shells, which she imagined as part of a feast in the Tudor Palace in Greenwich, built 1443. Inspired by lavish banquets of the past, Emma crafted the Cardinal Chandelier to set the scene of a future feast. Although oysters were once a plentiful and affordable substitute to expensive meat, they have now come to signify elegance, taste and wealth. Yet, their shells are thrown away despite their beauty. The shells have been copper plated for this piece, as Emma reflects on the idea of embalming, protecting and preserving. The extraordinary ‘pearl’ details are made from oyster shells that have been fired in a kiln to create ash, which was then cast into pearl-like spheres using crystal resin. This unique decorative piece can hold candles and comes with a chain for hanging.
Candles are not included.
Material: Copper wire, oyster shells, crystal resin, chemical patina
cm: Diameter 43.5cm, Height 49.5cm
inches: Diameter 17.1in, Height 19.5in
Care Instructions: Dust gently