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