This collection was inspired by the beautifully designed cast iron manhole covers that dot the streets of Jerusalem. Emblazoned with the official seal of the municipality of Jerusalem—the iconic Lion of Judah— they are a physical

reminder of the closing words of the Haggadah, “L'shana Haba B’yerushalayim — Next Year in Jerusalem. The collection comprises 18 original works of art on bisque fired clay, handmade from a press mold of a manhole cover just outside the Nachlaot studio of ceramic artist Chaya Esther Ort.


The Kabbalah of Kintsugi

Many of the seder plates in this collection emerged from the kiln cracked or broken, and the artist used the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi to repair them. Kintsugi celebrates the beauty and truth of imperfection and repair. Fixes are done using resin and powdered gold, resulting in an even stronger and more precious piece of art than it was at first. With this collection there was an unusually high percentage of breakage, which the artist found meaningful—a symbol of the splitting of the Red Sea and of Jerusalem’s history of destruction and rebuilding since the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE.