ofra kutz - ceramics art & design

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.  

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education & Training

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

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

 

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.

   

 

"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."