Dalia Ben Mayor, Yodfat, 07.05.14
Dalia is an amazing ceramicist. She’s the owner of Shino, a pottery studio built as an integral part of her family’s home that overlooks the Yodfat Mound (Tel Yodfat). Her beautiful pottery works, made for the everyday use, are influenced by the aesthetics of Zen and the Japanese pottery. I’ve been stalking her for six months until she finally agreed to let me shoot at her home and studio and make a visual interview, without words.
I’ve never visited Japan, but I’ve been in love with it for years. I love the Japanese aesthetics of minimalism, serenity and balance, one of the expressions of which in pottery is deliberate imperfections. I’m happy to be able to offer a glimpse into Dalia’s home and studio.
Peace and tranquility envelop me from the first steps on the path leading towards the house; the bamboo leaves and pine needles whisper softly in the wind; then I pause and observe, slowly.
*On the day of my visit Dalia was working at the studio with the ceramicist Avner Zinger, and his hands appear in some photos.
**I’m very excited about the collaboration for the next week’s post with one of my favorite bloggers – Karine Kedar from My Pillow Book.