When Laurie Goldstein’s family moved to Israel from New York, she was very concerned that she’d have to speak Hebrew with her kids.Luckily, she was eight years old and still had enough time to learn the language before her kids would be born.

Her childhood experiences include being “the new kid in class” many times, watching her parents adjust to a new country, playing and fighting with her sister, a lot of dance classes, books, an artistic and cultural education from her parents and finally, her own love of making things, always.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in set and costume design at Tel Aviv University, she set off to NYC to do a lot of drawing and ended up in the MFA program for theatre design at New York University. But then something happened that changed the course of events; she took a throwing class and fell in love with clay—completely.

Starry-eyed, she moved to a small town seven hours away from the city, in the snow belt of America, and spent the next two years passionately studying ceramics at Alfred University.

She came back to Israel, set up her own studio, joined “8 Altogether,” a cooperative gallery in Jerusalem and has since participated in many exhibitions. She continues to make functional work and is committed to the ongoing quest of combining function, aesthetics and beauty.


 E D U C A T I O N

1994   B.F. A.  with divisional honors, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

1990-91  M.F. A.  Design Program, Theater Department, New York University, NYC.

1989  B. A.  in Set and Costume Design, Theater Dept.  Tel-Aviv University, T-A


W O R K   AND   T E A C H I N G    E X P E R I E N C E


Since 2012      “8 In Jaffa” Member of ceramics cooperative, Jaffa.

1995-2016      “8 Altogether” Member of Ceramics Cooperative, Jerusalem.

1995-1997       “Kad Al HaYam.”  Member of Ceramics Cooperative, Tel-Aviv.           

1995-1996       Ceramics Workshop.  Israeli-Arabic Center, Jaffa.

1995-1996       Ceramics Workshop.  Zahala Community Center, Tel-Aviv.

1994                  Ceramics Assistant.  Peter’s Valley Craft Center, Layton, N.J., USA. Assistant Workshop Instructor to: Mark Pharis, Eddie Dominguez, Ellen Shankin, Syd Carpenter, Victor Babu, and Bennet Bean.   Studio Management.  (All aspects.)  With Jim Jansma. Firing of wood/salt, gas/salt, gas, and electric kilns.

1993-1994       Studio Assistant to John Gill, Ceramicist.  Alfred University, Alfred, NY.  Building and Glazing Work.

1993                 Studio Assistant to Kim Dickey, Ceramicist, NYC.  Mixing Clay and Glazes.  Firing  Electric and Gas Kilns.

1992                  Studio Assistant .  Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, USA.  Mixing Clay and Glazes.


 1989                 Assistant Costume Designer to Did Ben-Zur.  The Egg, by Felicien Marceau,  directed by Nissim Aloni.  Be’er Sheva Municipal Theater.

1988                  Assistant Set and Costume Designer to Ron Ben-Ya’akov.  The Cat and the Moon, by W.B. Yeats.  Akko Festival of Other Theater.

1988                 Assistant Set designer to Ron ben-Ya’akov.  The Elephant Man by Bernard  Pomerantz, directed by Ivor Benjamin.  Ben Zvi, Ramat Gan.

1988-1989      Designed and built masks and props for several shows.


New York University

1990-91   Designed and built costumes in Graduate Costume Shop. Designed and built Props in Undergraduate Prop Shop.

Tel-Aviv University

1989    Designed set and costumes for The Lesson, by Eugene Ionesco. Assistant Lighting Designer for Threepenny Opera, by Brecht and Weill.

1988    Production Manager for Costumes.  Tonight We Improvise, by Luigi Pirandello.


E X H I B I T I O N S   AND   A W A R D S

 2013          “Space Positions_Ceramic Design”, Beit Binyamini, Tel Aviv.

2013           “Imprinting on Clay “. The Seventh Biennale for Israeli Ceramics, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.                    

2011           “Under the Belt” , Memoire de L’avenir, Paris, France. 

2010           “The Five Elements”, Gallery on the Lake, Ra’anana.

2009-12       “From the Melting Pot into the fire: Contemporary Ceramics in Israel“. Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, USA.  Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, USA  The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

2008-2009  “Clay, Sensation”. The fifth biennale for Israeli Ceramics. Eretz-Israel Museum.

2006-2007  “Territory and Identity”. The fourth Biennale for Israeli Ceramics.   Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv.

2006           “Goblets”. “The Gallery”, Shoeva.

 2005-2006    “Coffee Time”. Galerina, Bat Shlomo.

 2005             “Pots And Stands”. Tel-Hai Symposium, Metula.

 2005              Selected works from the Third Biennale, Vitrina Gallery, Technological Institute,  Holon.

“Design, Art, Design”. The Third Biennale For Israeli Ceramics. Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv.                           

2003                “Tea Time” Galerina, Bat shlomo.

2003                “Teapots” Tel-Hai Symposium, Tel Hai.

2002-2003       The Second Biennale for Israeli Ceramics. Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv.

2000-2001       “Clay 2000” The Israeli Biennial For Ceramics.  Eretz-Israel. Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv.

2000                 Vase Movement.  Hankin College Design Gallery, Holon, Israel.

1999                  Potters Set a Table.  Beit Kahana Museum, Ramat Gan, Israel..

1999                  Cups.  Hankin College Design Gallery, Holon, Israel.

1999                 “50 Years of Israeli Ceramics.  Beit Kahane Museum, Ramat Gan, Israel.

1998                Potters Set a Table. Tel Hai Symposium, Tel-Hai, Israel.

1996                “Hannuka”.  Group show,”Neveh Tzedek” Gallery,Neveh Tzedek,Tel-Aviv.

1995                “Pouring.” Teapots at “Kad al HaYam.”  (One-Person Show).

1995                  Painting in Ceramics.  Shloosh Shloshim Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

1994                   Peter Valley’s Craft Center Gallery, Layton, NJ, USA.

1994                   B.F.A. Show.  NY State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY, USA. Awarded Divisional Honors.

1993                   Group Show.  Robert Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA.

1992                 “4-Women.   Robert Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA.

1992                Student Show.  Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, USA. Recipient of The Madeline Sadin Scholarship Award.

Selected Works

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