Ceramic Handwashing Set


Wheel thrown, this ceramic ritual hand washer and matching basin by Jennifer Wankoff is bellied out from the inside creating movement. Two handles allow the ritual to be performed properly.

As each piece is hand thrown and hand glazed, no two are identical and please allow for some variation in glaze results.

Coordinates with seder plates and Elijah’s and Miriam’s cups.


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Materials: ceramic

Size: bowl 3 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ diam at top; washer 6 1/2″ tall

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Meet the Artist: Jennifer Wankoff

Jennifer has been making pottery since she trained in Israel in 1997, taking lessons while working on a kibbutz and apprenticing thereafter with a Jerusalem based sculptural potter. Israel immersed Jennifer in a diverse Jewish cultural world of folk art and introduced her to the sabra's deep connection with Israel's land and agriculture. Jennifer's current works are wheel thrown, often faceted with a wire, and then bellied out from the inside creating movement inspired by nature’s ubiquitous spiral. The sections then become a guide for patterned glaze decorating or as a background for imagery. Of particular inspiration to her glazing is Persian patterning on pottery, the designs used in historic marriage contracts (Ketubah) and the traditional art of paper cutting.

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