Banana-shaped menorahs, menorahs made from bicycle gears, lineups of nail polish pots menorahs. For years the marketplace has been flooded with creative options for celebrating Hanukkah. Now, we’re happy to report, there are handmade, soulful options out there, too: designs made for the Jewish Festival of Lights—which takes place this year from Sunday, December 18 to Monday, December 26—but also for other occasions that call for candles. Here are five examples made by ceramic artists who produce annual limited-edition menorahs that sell out—so if you miss the one you’re after this year, follow these creators and be at the ready next year. (N.B.: Stay tuned for the Hip Hanukkah Table later this week.)
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Here are more of our favorite menorahs from recent years:
- Trend Alert 2021: Magical Menorahs
- The Modern Menorah 2020: 10 Minimalist Designs for Hanukkah (and More)