Two exciting and challenging Master Classes with three internationally acclaimed artists are planned for December 2011: All three talents share common concerns and interests and yet each one represents a unique and distinguished world of its own.
Akio Takamori- a Japanese artist from the USA. One of the most exciting, gifted and innovative contemporary ceramic artists. He has exhibited extensively throughout the world, his work found in several significant collections and museums. Takamori’s work is mostly figurative and based on the human body and its gamut of expressive emotions and sensuality. Vessel forms, large scale sculptures and installations reflect his interests in themes concerning the human experience –’ the passage of time, locations, memories and history’.
Master Class with Akio – Sunday, December 25th 2011 at 16:00
John Higgins- a British artist from the UK. Using a unique technique which combines hand built and thrown components, John’s work is mostly informed by his empathy for human beings and their history as expressed in architecture as well as everyday objects. Surface treatments consist of several layers. Usually textured and dry, just like the layers of paint on old buildings they reflect years of the human experience and a silent witness to previous forms of existence.
Marcus O’Mahony- an Irish artist from Ireland. Inspired by the Leach Hamada tradition, Marcus mainly produces wood fired functional stoneware and porcelain exhibited extensively both in Ireland and abroad. Passionate about wood and salt firings, soft, free, fluid and spontaneous throwing as well as decorating result in a very distinguished body of work which strongly echoes the feel of the elemental, the local and the indigenous – rooted in tradition yet innovative, experimental and skilled.
Master Class with both artists – Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 16:00
Special thanks to Aviva Ben Sira of AIDA, Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts and to Ruth Korman – Designer Crafts Foundation, whose assistance in bringing the artists to Israel is highly appreciated.