The Small Gallery
Ceramic artists display their work on ten shelves over 10 weeks. These artists are selected to create a window into the work done in clay in Israel
The Small Gallery at the Benyamini Center – a great place to visit and buy unique gifts. The shelves display handmade objects that bear the fingerprints of a dedicated maker, carefully crafted and hold the spirit of an Israeli artist.
Curator: Einav Baranes Eliassov
Festive opening: 10/1/2019 at 19:30
Artists: Collective 4.5 – Rotem Gruber, Omri Nissim, Adam Shalev and Hila Mor
The exhibition Exposed, will present research processes that concern the natural characteristics of clay.
Collective 4.5 – Rotem Gruber, Omri Nissim, Adam Shalev – in their work elevations – material mapping, they examine "white gold" – porcelain as a material with unique characteristics: it is noble, strong, white, water resistant, translucent and one of the most challenging materials in the ceramic world. In their research project they challenged the cultural character of porcelain by eroding the surface through sandblasting.
This technique enabled them to penetrate the surface to different levels, removing layer after layer. The varying thickness alters the translucency and gives a feeling of depth. They refer to the image of elevation and contour lines in topographical maps that indicate height and shape of mountains, hills, craters, etc. In addition, the elevations are also an indication of the firing temperature; the higher the temperature, the rate of erosion is slower.
Hila Mor in her work examines the movement of water in clay as in plants. This interaction facilitates processes such as filtering, cooling, transferring and changing of color. These material characteristics together with 3D printing of clay allows for control of the inner structure of the material and reviewing the functions.
Through planning and design of complex structures in vessels, the water can be routed as desired. The vessels made by Hila Mor are a contemporary take on traditional containers and dialog with history and material culture as opposed to technological innovation.
- Drinking – water filters
- Eating – germinating pots
- Preservation – cooling fruit and vegetables
As in plants, clay naturally absorbs water and the vessels are based on this characteristic; "watering" changes the color of clay that is fired at a low temperature and indicates the hydration. When the pots are wet the color is brighter and dry pots are paler, indicating they require "watering".
Final project of the Industrial Design Faculty, Bezalel, 2016, under the guidance of Prof. Ido Bruno
Link to an interview with Lori Vahaba - Terracota Ofakim factory
Opening: Thursday 28/6/18 at 19:30
Closing: Saturday 1/9/18 at 14:00
Participants: Jacaranda Kori, Genadi Dvorkin
Two very experienced artists with different approaches to the use of clay but both influenced by the Mediterranean; the natural and unnatural textures of the Israeli coast. The exhibition connects different techniques and traditions of the artists in the exhibition.
Jacaranda Kori, born in Mexico, has been making wheel thrown forms for thirty years, she is a lecturer in the Department of Ceramic and Glass Design at Bezalel and teaches at the Benyamini Center.
Genadi was born in the USSR and has worked as a ceramic artist since 1994. He shows his work at Gilda – the ceramic cooperative in Jerusalem as well as in exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
In the exhibition, Kori made functional pots as well as asymmetrical objects looking for perfection through deformation of the traditional form. The beach with natural and human waste was the inspiration for the works.
In the past, Dvorkin made classical forms seeking perfection. Recently, inspired by the rocks on the beach and the desert, he has made new works that are rough with the intention of pushing the boundaries of form. Despite this change in direction, his works are still precise and with a deep sense of aesthetics. These sculptural and functional works were fired in an anagama kiln or in a raku firing.
The aim of the Benyamini Center First Studio program is to encourage and support young artists. This prize is awarded to an excellent graduate of a ceramic department art school that shows a desire to continue working in the field and is interested in experiencing the intricacies of running an independent ceramic studio. The First Studio is a life bridge between art school and the real world, facilitating artistic expression and at the same time exposing the young artist to the many aspects necessary to survive as an artist. This exhibition shows the work they have done through the year at the center before they continue to the next stage in their careers.
Sivan Scheffner is devoted to the intermediate stages of clay work processes and is captivated by the opportunities that occur, planned or serendipitous. Focusing on the point of time and place creates objects that are materially wild, fragile and delicate, exposing the beauty in the process, the beauty that evolves during the artist's work looking for the "finished" object. Processes such as wedging, weighing, recycling, throwing off the hump, raise questions of choice in the work process and the essence of the material.
Eliya Levy looks for the connection between hard and soft materials and creates layers that are woven together with complex threads and colors. Her imagery is taken from tiles from the arts and crafts movement in England joining two traditions in one object. Eliya combines threads into images ad makes hand-built boxes with embroidery.
Avi Ben Shoshan designs ceramic utilitarian objects that carry a memory of body, organs and muscles stretched over bones. These objects become contemporary figurines combining human, sculpture and function. Body movement and gestures are infused in the clay and portray self-image, body perception and gender, spirituality and desire of the object and its use.