Much like Zorba the Greek – from whom I learned an important lesson about the nature of passion – I feel fortunate that I am able to shape my life in an active and creative way around clay.
I am fascinated by the understanding that the link between clay and man is as old as human history itself. Of all the objects created by man, I feel, the ceramic vessel manages to tell our story best. It is stirring evidence of a long and exacting process – a striving for accuracy of form and style as well as for optimal functionality – and at the same time a kind of documentation of the effects of different cultures and traditions.
My work mostly deals with the concept of a vessel. Often I have consciously abandoned functionality in order to focus more freely on a vessel’s aesthetic qualities, or on the cultural and social phenomena it reflects.
I try, through my objects, to probe the boundaries between craft and industry, tradition and technology, and to manifest a dialogue between the intuitive wisdom of the hand and the precision of the machine.
— Oren Arbel