ofra kutz - ceramics art & design

Ofra Kutz - Ceramic Artist, lives and creates in a studio in Kfar Saba, Israel.  

My work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and in private collection.

In recent years, I have been researching creation of meaning to my sculptural clay work, by using a combination of crackle and volcano glazes, exposed textual and rough clay as well as delicate and luxurious ceramic materials, such as porcelain and gold luster decoration. This encounter creates seemingly impossible contrasts, but also creates a new personal clay language.

I deal with the localism that emerges from the connection of opposites. I am constantly seeking the delicate balance between form and matter, between order and disorder and between planning and coincidence.

My search for the balance between the need to control and framework, shaping and giving my form to the clay, is reflected in my meticulous work and the freedom that finds expression in the sensuality of the clay textures.

The preoccupation with time is also expressed in my multi-layer creation - a central and common theme in my work - whether the layers are social, cultural, multicultural or personal. These are the layers that define me and tell the story of my life from the framework story in the outer form and within it layer upon layer is added in an attempt to reach the core, the essence, to tell us a life story.

Curriculum Vitae

 

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 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 institute

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

2020      "Cracks in time" Solo Exhibition BY5 Gallery Tel Aviv Curator: Ilan Beck

2020      "birds Eye View" Tivon Gallery  Curator: Ilan Beck

2019            The 19th China (Zibo) International Ceramics Exposition

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 Beck

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" Solo exhibition : Tel-Aviv

2016      "Gold": Benyamini Contemporary Center, curator: Tirza Yalon-Kolton

2016      "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" Solo exhibition Tel-Aviv

2016      "Reflaction": Solo exhibition "8 in jaffa" Gallery

2015      "White Matter": Contemporary Porcelain Sculpture" Wilfrid Israel Museum, curator:               Shir Yamaguchy

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

 

Solo  exhibition

2020       "Cracks in time", BY5 Gallery Tel Aviv Curator: Ilan Beck

2017             "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" Tel-Aviv

2016       "Fresh Paint Art Fair - Design" : Tel-Aviv

​2015       "Reflaction" "8 in gaffa" Gallery Tel-Aviv, Curator: Shamai Gibsh

Residency, Worshop and Symposium

 

2019        China Zibo International Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium

2018        Residency in Morning Star Ceramics studio Nevis Island St. Kitts& Nevis  Caribbean

            Islads

2018        Workshop in Morning Star Ceramics studio Nevis Island St. Kitts& Nevis  Caribbean

                        Islands

Teaching

Teaching Ceramics wheel thrown & slab build in my own studio

Teaching Raku workshop in my own studio

1992        I had founded a Ceramic Studio in Kibutz "Maaga Michael"

Private collections and special sales

Ofra 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.

Her art works are being exhibited in collections of :

“Eretz Israel Museum” - Israel

“Contemporary Ceramics Museum” – Taiwan

“Ankara Ceramics Museum”-  Turkey

“Zibo China International Ceramics Exposition – China