ofra kutz - ceramics art & design
"Pottery is magical. That is how I felt the first time I sat down at the pottery wheel. It was 35 years ago, but pottery remains my greatest passion until today.
I create most of my pieces in porcelain and stoneware, searching, as I work, for techniques that express contrast.
My art represents layers of meaning through experimentation with texture and shape, while using porcelain and rough clay (Stoneware). Working with these materials, I try to engage in an ongoing dialogue of respect, control and submission. In my work I attempt to constantly test the limits of the material, while employing textures to create a blend of roughness and delicacy. Most of my pieces are unglazed but embellished with gold luster, further linking them to a world rich in contrasts, similar to life as we know it."
Ofra Kutz, born in 1959, is a ceramics artist who lives and works in Kfar Saba and
a partner in a contemporary ceramics gallery "8 in gaffa".
She has studied with Israel’s leading ceramicists and exhibited her work in galleries and museum around the country and abroad. She has spent years studying and exploring water-soluble colorants on raku and saggar-fired ceramics, and also incorporates silkscreen prints in her work using special collage techniques. In recent years, she has added more layers of meaning to her work through experimentation with texture and shape, using materials such as porcelain and rough clay (stoneware). In working with these materials, she engages in an ongoing dialogue of respect, control and submission. She is constantly testing the limits of the material, employing textures to create a blend of roughness and delicacy. Most of her pieces are unglazed but embellished with gold luster, further linking them to a world rich in contrasts.
Education & Training
2018 Annual cours in glass tubes at Perly Karpel studio
2017 Course in sillicon custing at Givat Haviva Ceramics Center
Course in individual and group critiquing at Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
2016 Course in individual and group critiquing at Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
with art curator Revital Ben Asher Peretz
2015 Course at Triagle Art Space with art curator Sari Golan
2015 Course in individual and group critiquing at Binyamini Contrmporary Ceramics Center with art curator Revital Ben-Asher Peretz
2013 Course in silk-screen printing at Binyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center with
artist Amnon Amos
2010-2013 Advanced course in special firing techniques (Raku,Saggar and Pitfire) and experimentation with water-soluble colorants applied in glazing (Sulfides, chlorides and nitrates)
at Givat Haviva
1981-1983 Studied pottery-making with Tanya Engelstein, Jorge Karelik and Nava Kolodny
1980 Studied pottery-making at studio of Dalia Oren, clay slab roller technique
Selected group exhibitions
2019 Ceramics exhibition in Zibo China
2019 "Freedom" Shagal Gallery Haifa Israel. Curator: Vitalina Muchin
2018 "Charlstown Gallery" in Nevis island St. Kitts & Nevis
2018 "Not everything is gold" The brewery Gallery Tivon Israel. Curator: Ilan Back
2018 "me too", Binyamin gallery, curator: Sari Golan
2017 "Topsy Turvy" , Annual exhibit of Ceramics Artists Association of Israel, Benyamini
Contemporary Ceramics Center, curator: Irena Gordon
2017 "Clay love water", Tivon Gallery, curator: Raya Keidar
2017 "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" : Tel-Aviv
2016 "Gold": Benyamini Contemporary Center, curator: Tirza Yalon-Kolton
2016 "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" Tel-Aviv
2016 "Reflaction": Solo exhibition "8 in jaffa" Gallery
2015 "White Matter": Contemporary Porcelain Sculpture" Wilfrid Israel Museum, curator: Shir Yamaguchi
2014 "the Feast" Annual exhibit of Ceramics Artists Association of Israel, Benyamini Contemporary Center, curator: Ido Garini
2013 "tribute to Nature", Gan Shmuel Art Gallery, curator: Dorit Talmon
2010-2013 Participation in various group shows of Kfar-Saba artists
2017 "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" Tel-Aviv
2016 "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" : Tel-Aviv
Residency, Worshop and Symposium
2019 China Zibo International Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium
2018 Residency in Morning Star Ceramicd studio Nives island St. Kitts& Nevis Caribbean islands
2018 Workshop in Morning Star Ceramicd studio Nives island St. Kitts& Nevis Caribbean islands
Private collections and special sales
Kutz's work has been purchased by private collectors in Israel and around the world. In 2014, her porcelain tableware was offered by a gallery in France for sale to upscale restaurants.