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 collections.
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 texture and rough clays 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 and 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 creations - 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.
-- Ofra Kutz
Ofra Kutz is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Israel. A member of the CAAI - “Ceramic Artists Association of Israel". A member of the CCAI – “Ceramics & Crafts Association of Israel”. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and in privet collections.In recent years she 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 and control. She 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. This encounter creates seemingly impossible contrasts, but also creates a new and personal clay language.