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Orna Tamir Schestowitz is an acclaimed Israeli designer, artist, curator and author. In 2000, she published an architecture and design book titled Homes with Personal Style. In 2005 she curated the Offering Reconciliation exhibition at the Ramat Gan Museum, bringing together Israeli and Palestinian artists. This exhibition later traveled to the UN headquarters in New York. Her ceramic vessels were exhibited at the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, in the 2018 show The Goodness of the Land and its Heritage.

Seeds of Heritage is an ongoing project. Orna designed these organically shaped ceramic vessels, and superimposed on the man made object photographic images of the bounty of the Israeli earth. Orna curated a studied series of portraits of herbs, fruits and vegetables rooted in the same earth of which the pottery was made. The carefully selected and photographed plants were cultivated from heirloom seeds that naturally evolved in the region over generations. Each vessel presents a sample of burgeoning produce originating from a Galilean orchard, a tribute to the natural cycle of life and a rich agricultural legacy.

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No two vessels are alike, their sheer presence, scale and unconventional silhouette instantly draws the observer to have a closer look, perhaps reach out and touch the object.

Orna applied new and innovative techniques for printing on ceramics She used local soil for her pottery and her images enfold the bright light, and long shadows, to frame and formulate the vessels. Orna has transformed the age-old medium of ceramics by an inspired application of modern techniques.

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“Orna Tamir Schestowitz has always been fascinated by the visual interaction of material,“ color, and composition—even when it comes to simply setting the table...She sees design as a dynamic aspect of the art world, and finds freedom in the possibilities of what she describes as an environment at play”


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In her Dead Sea project Orna continues her search for the vanishing sense of Israeliness. She revisits her happy, idyllic childhood memories, and faces the realities of the declining, shrinking Dead Sea. She merges the past and the present, using ancient ceramic techniques with contemporary aesthetics.

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