Contemporary Applied Arts : Twas the Night before Christmas
November 21, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Exotic Porcelain decorative and serving dishes
Work Available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
The Gallery at Bevere, Worcestershire
The New School House Gallery, Old School House, Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7PW
I mix 2% paper fibre in Limoges Porcelain and manipulate it while very wet, as if forming with velvet, allowing it to create soft folds as I ‘sew’ thrown and slab-built components together to create flowing forms. Feet and handles are often pulled separately and added on at ‘leather-hard’ stage.
I biscuit fire slowly (22-24 hours) to 1000c. A transparent glaze is thickly applied and fluid coloured glazes are then strategically brushed onto it. During the glaze firing (1260c, oxidation) the pots are suspended above the kiln shelf using wadding clay or ceramic blanket, and balanced over porcelain setters. The glazes run into each other, pool in the folds of clay, drip off feet and edges, and so, accentuate the sense of overflowing plenty.
I was born in Israel and having completed a BA in History of Art and English Literature at the Hebrew University, came to England to study ceramics.
I became deeply interested in functional domestic ware during the HND Ceramic Design course at Harrow College. For many years I have been making tableware for every day use.
Following my MA studies at the Royal College of Art, I am currently continuing to develop a range of ceremonial serving dishes for special occasions.
2005 - 2006 ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence).
2001 - 2004 MA Ceramics and Glass. The Royal college of Art.
1984 - 1986 BTEC HND Ceramic Design. Harrow College of Higher Education.
1976 - 1981 BA History of Art & English Literature. Hebrew University, Israel.
2004 Present Re-started my pottery workshop, producing new work.
1999 Present Part-time Pottery Tutor, Community Education Lewisham, London.
2007 2008 Visiting Lecturer, Central St Martin’s college of Art, London.
2006 Visiting lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College.
2006 Visiting Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire.
2004 Visiting lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College.
1995 - 1997 Visiting lecturer, School of Design & Media, University of Westminster.
1986 - 2001 Set up and worked in my own pottery workshop in London.
2006 - Present Member of Contemporary Applied Arts.
1997 - Present Fellow of The Craft Potters Association.
1996 Dining Rites, Primavera, Cambridge.
2011 (September) Red Barn Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria.
2010 'Home', The New School House Gallery, York.
2010 Ceramic Art London 2010, Royal College of Art, London.
2009 The Domestic Interior, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2008 Eat Drink and Be Merry, Llantarnam Grange Art Centre, Wales.
2008 Christmas Show’, Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire.
2008 Origin 2008, Somerset House, London.
2008 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London.
2007 A Seasonal Exhibition, Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2007 The Power of Pots, Royal College of Art, London.
2006 Take Me Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2006 What A Dish, contemporary Ceramics, London.
2006 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of art, London.
2005 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London.
2005 Blind Art, Royal College of Art, London.
2005 Setting Out - Contemporary Ceramics, London.
2004 The Show: One - Royal College of Art, London.
2003 Ten to One, Canary Wharf - Canada Square, London.
One Woman Show
August 2006 ‘Summer Exhibition’, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcestershire.
2011. 'Ritual and Sensuality', an article in Ceramic Review issue 251 September/October.
2005 Bendavid, K, Dinner Party Politics, Ceramic Review 216, pp 40-45
2000 Ben-David, K, Consuming Craft – International Conference, in ‘Awayday’, Ceramic Review 185, p.54.
1996 Ben-David, K., The Maker. Dining Rites. Call Printers, 1996.
1989 Ben-David, K., On Being A Student At Harrow. The Harrow Connection, England: Ceolfrith Press. Northern Centre For Contemporary Art.
2011 Ceramic Review no 252, November/December 2011 Issue, p 44 in 'Heritage of Harrow.'
2008 The Ceramics Book, Ceramic Review Publishing Ltd, p. 20
2007 Artist of the month, AIR e-Bulletin-May.
2006 Ceramic Review 218, p.19.
2006 The Ceramics Book, Ceramic Review Publishing Ltd, p. 21
2005 Crafts Magazine No.196, P.70
2005 Ceramic Review 211, p. 44.
2004 www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective, David Hilton, 04 Degree Shows.
2003 Rector’s Review, 2002/2003, Royal college of Art, p.6.
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2001 Mattison, S. The Potter’s Guide to Ceramic Surfaces, Quarto Publishing Plc.
1999 The Food Programme – BBC Radio Four.
1998 French, N. The Potter’s Dictionary of Shape and Form, Quattro Inc.