The warmth of wood combined with the cool beauty of silver come alive when
Yitzchak Luvaton creates traditional Judaica with a modern twist. A visit
to his studio offers a glimpse into the artist. Truly creative he develops
concepts through a variety of mixed media before the project is finally carved
— or molded or set — in silver. Each project design goes through a series
of sketches and then basic wood models.
Luvaton has the distinction of having
prepared the ultimate Prayer for the Traveler [Tefilat HaDerech]Jewish
astronaut, Jeffrey Hoffman, popped into Luvaton’s studio and expressed
his need for prayers for the journey to the moon. On a second NASA-sponsored
journey over the Chanukah holiday, Luvaton fashioned for Hoffman a miniature
chanukiyya in a cigarette box. The idea came to him from
readings on the Holocaust and how Jews made their own chanukiyyot out
of hideable, miniature items. when
Luvaton’s commissioned Megillat
Esther is a wonderful example of the collaboration of various arts and
cultures, The megillah scroll is illustrated in different art tradtions.
Thus, each megillah has its own cultural theme: Renaissance, Sephardic,
Japanese — to name a few.
The megillah holder combines modern
day technology with the history and art of centuries past. The megillah itself
is written by a sofer stam, complete with illuminated illustration. Hi-tech
is incorporated by the use of a remote control device to roll the megillah
during the reading. The detailed silver designs set in the rosewood case give
the holder and megillah a regal look.
|Silver and wood daily Omer counter.
Courtesy of Luvaton.
For the pre-schooler
born with a silver spoon, who can resist a set of square silver alef-bet
letters for his/her continuing education? Works such as arks for Torah
scrolls, one-of-a-kind megillah holders, menorahs, dreidels, tzedakah boxes
and mezuzahs are just a few of the products in the ever-evolving Luvaton line.
Yitzchak’s airy studio in Mishmar David
is set in a pastoral area near family homes and a children’s nursery. The
warm and professional atmosphere in the studio illuminates the care and effort
that go into each project.
Joint projects with world-renowned
artists offer collectors the opportunity to purchase collaborative works and
enable Yitzchak to cull from their expertise as well as his own.
A graduate of Boys’ Town in
Jerusalem and the Naamat School where he studied jewelry design, silversmithing,
and engraving, Yitzchak also had the privilege of apprenticing with master
engraver, Ben-Zion, a former Prisoner of Zion. At the Bezalel Academy of
Design, Yitzchak studied the art of metal hammering.
A true artist, with a mind that never
stops creating, Yitzchak finds that he often awakens during the night to
work on new concepts. Always creative, this is a lifelong habit. Even as
a child Yitzchak spent his free time creating art. His parents encouraged
his creativity by sending him to art camps during the summer months.
|Set of silver alef-bet letters for the
Yitzchak Luvaton’s work is sold in
studios in Israel, the USA and Europe. Commissioned works are available through
Text by M. Kaplan-Green
and J. Isaacson.
Photos by M. Kaplan-Green.