Vessels with Movement

Master craftsman, Felicity Bernstein, creates clay pots reminiscent of golden
desert sands. Movement is apparent in the huge display vessels in Bernstein’s
new series. An expert ceramicist, she knows ways and means to create the
suggestion of movement in perfectly still pots.

She uses slip, or soft clay, for the
expressive drip marks which emphasize lines and a swirling motion. Sprayed
on colors underscore movement and allude to a turning movement. Bernstein’s
work is influenced by the desert, nature and rocks.

A petite woman, Bernstein’s size belies
her strong grip — it is clear that this woman works with her hands. Born
in Kenya, Bernstein studied at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, and
at the Harrow College of Art in London. Bernstein leads a masterclass in her
home studio. Participants — all experienced potters — tackle technical problems
together and learn from each other.

In Felicity’s words: “Light and movement have always been an important and
integral part of my work over the years. In the vessels that make up my
portfolio, I have taken one base colour — as featured in the desert sands
of Israel — and just as the sun’s rays create shadows during the changing
times of the day, so do the colours of the sand — as seen on the pots –
also change in small and subtle ways.

“I have tried to depict and reflect
— in the same way that the desert winds effect the shape of the rocks and
sand dunes in reality — the effect and impact of these natural elements
on my pots in their form and continuity, changing their shape and contours
and making the eye want to follow the lines to see where they lead.”

Felicity’s vessels have been exhibited at the HaAretz Museum in Tel Aviv.
They are currently on display at the Performing Arts Center in Rishon LeZiyyon

Text by J. Isaacson.


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