To Dine For

No ordinary ceramics exhibition, The Banquet explores plates and platters as platforms for the celebration of food and the art of eating.

For thousands of years, mankind has used ceramic pottery to store, cook and dine on food. In honor of our long relationship with fired and glazed clay, the Ceramic Artists Association of Israel presents “The Banquet”, an exhibition that invites viewers into a multi-sensory experience celebrating food and the ceremonies around it.

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The 3-story gallery space is laid out like several banquet halls, with viewers playing the role of dinner guests — even the catalog is set up like a menu from appetizers to dessert.

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 Jacaranda Kori – Fountain of Abundance

Opening night activities ranged from feasting on fruit using innovative cutlery in the gallery courtyard to a rooftop feast in the company of refugees from Eritrea and Sudan.

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 Rani Gilat – Audrey

According to the organizers, The Banquet “explores the role of food, eating and cooking in contemporary culture; the popularity of cooking shows, increasing awareness of what we eat and where food comes from, to the global political and social aspects of hunger.”

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 Yael Novak – Cornucopia 2014

“The feast is not only a meal, it is a play, a major event in all senses of the user experience…

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 Ronit Baranga – Self Feeding series

“Flavors are absorbed not through the mouth but rather through the senses of smell, hearing and sight and heartbeat.”

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 Michal Klasovsky – Untitled

The Ceramic Artists Association was established to promote public awareness of ceramic arts both in Israel and abroad, and to expose its members to other fields of art throughout the world, broaden their horizons and offer knowledge in innovative and new techniques. Activities include the Israeli Biennial for Ceramics at the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; workshops, lectures, artist exchanges, support for young artists, website, newsletter and a publication, 1280°c Journal of Ceramics.

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 Boris Katz – Cornucopia

“The Banquet” closes September 6. For more information about the show and  Ceramic Artists Association of Israel, visit their website at http://israel-ceramics.org/.

 

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.