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Remodelista Gift Guide 2023: Seeking Light with 7 Favorite Artist-Made Ceramic Menorahs

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Remodelista Gift Guide 2023: Seeking Light with 7 Favorite Artist-Made Ceramic Menorahs

November 13, 2023

In anticipation of Hanukkah, which begins on December 7, we’re ever on the lookout for standout menorahs. This year’s favorites are soulful ceramic creations for a holiday season unlike any other. Handmade by workshops around the world, our picks are imperfect and in some cases intentionally wonky—and worthy of keeping on display year-round

british ceramic artist lily pearmain&#8\2\17;s wood fired menorah is made o 17
Above: British ceramic artist Lily Pearmain’s Wood-Fired Menorah is made of stoneware finished in a wood-fired soda kiln. It’s $470 from Ssense.
every year, ariela nomi kuh of ank studios in portland, maine, makes a collecti 18
Above: Every year, Ariela Nomi Kuh of ANK Studios in Portland, Maine, makes a collection of one-of-a-kind, hand-built menorahs. Her creations sell out fast, but if you follow her @a_n_k_ceramics and get on her list, you’ll receive alerts when a new batch debuts. This menorah, as of press time, is still available; $300.
the keraclay stoneware menorah set from west elm, \$68, is handmade from speckl 19
Above: The Keraclay Stoneware Menorah Set from West-Elm, $68, is handmade from speckled clay in artist Virginia Felix’s Brooklyn studio. The pieces can be used individually in all kinds of configurations.
ank studios&#8\2\17; menorahs this year are glazed in shades of blue or whi 20
Above: ANK Studios’ menorahs this year are glazed in shades of blue or white and are $300 each.
the goldie menorah from style union home is made to order in la. the two pieces 21
Above: The Goldie Menorah from Style Union Home is made to order in LA. The two pieces can be used separately: the top as a traditional menorah or candelabra, and the base as a vase; $275.
the licht blox menorah by chai modern is composed of four freestanding blocks a 22
Above: The Licht Blox Menorah by Chai Modern is composed of four freestanding blocks and a shamash (the “helper” candle that gets lit first); $75 from the Jewish Museum Shop of New York. Chai Modern is a Cape Town, South Africa, design studio specializing in modern Judaica—go to its site to see the Licht Blox Menorah in four other colors.
this year, farmhouse pottery of vermont offers a limited edition silo menorah,  23
Above: This year, Farmhouse Pottery of Vermont offers a Limited-Edition Silo Menorah, $195. It’s made of an extra-durable stoneware that’s wheel throw and glazed on top.

Our favorite menorahs and other Judaica from recent years:

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Frequently asked questions

What is a Menorah?

A Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum used during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. It is used to symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days.

What is the significance of Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days instead of just one.

What are modern ceramic Menorahs?

Modern ceramic Menorahs are contemporary versions of the traditional Menorah. They are made from ceramic materials and often feature unique designs and colors.

Why choose a modern ceramic Menorah for Hanukkah?

Choosing a modern ceramic Menorah can add a touch of contemporary style to your Hanukkah celebrations. They offer a fresh and modern interpretation of this traditional symbol.

Where can I find modern ceramic Menorahs?

You can find modern ceramic Menorahs at various places, including online retailers, specialty Jewish stores, and artisan markets. The mentioned article also provides a list of 7 modern ceramic Menorahs.

What are some popular modern ceramic Menorah designs?

Popular modern ceramic Menorah designs include minimalist styles, geometric patterns, asymmetrical shapes, and vibrant colors. Each design offers a unique and artistic representation of the Menorah.

Can I use a modern ceramic Menorah during Hanukkah?

Absolutely! Modern ceramic Menorahs are fully functional and can be used to celebrate Hanukkah. Just make sure to follow the traditional lighting sequence and use appropriate candles.

Are modern ceramic Menorahs safe to use?

Yes, modern ceramic Menorahs are safe to use when handled correctly. It is essential to place them on a heat-resistant surface, keep them away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended when lit.

Can I display a modern ceramic Menorah as a decorative piece?

Certainly! Many people choose to display their modern ceramic Menorahs as decorative art pieces even when not in use. They can add a touch of elegance and cultural significance to any room.

Do I need to clean my modern ceramic Menorah?

Yes, it is recommended to clean your modern ceramic Menorah regularly to keep it in good condition. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to properly clean and care for your specific Menorah.

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