Michal Alon, clay artist
I graduated the Industrial and Environmental Design department at “Bezalel” Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 1975. I started to work in clay in 1976, under the guidance of my teacher and mentor ever since then, my mother, Hanna Charag-Zuntz.
Archeological influences combined with traditional shapes and forms are incorporated into functional and non-functional body of my work, which is mainly wheel thrown.
My surroundings inspires my work. Local landscape and rugged rock formations, marked by rain, sun and wind become images and designs for pots and surfaces.
Surface treatment is dictated by the shape and character of the piece. I am in constant search of new glazes and textures, since glaze is not a mere decoration, but an integral part of the overall design.
Over the years I’ve had solo exhibitions and took part in numerous exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the U.S. MY work is in private collections in Israel, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, Australia, and U.S.A. in the “Eretz-Israel” museum in Tel-Aviv, Beit Aharon Kahana Museum in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, U.S.A and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.
1951 Born in Haifa, Israel.
1975 Graduated the Industrial & Environmental Design dept. at “Bezalel” Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel
1975-79 Studied Ceramics with Hanna Charag-Zuntz in Haifa, Israel.
1979 Studied with Hildegard Storr-Britz in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany (Ceramic surfaces handling).
1980 Started her own studio.
1986 Summer course with Colin Pearson at Haifa University.
1987 Summer course with Imre Schrammel at Haifa University.
1995-2000 Member of cooperative ceramics gallery “Schlusch 30” in Tel-Aviv.
2000 Started teaching ceramics at Givat-Haviva Arts Center.
2005 Residency in Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
2012 Resident artist at the 5e Biennale de la céramique Prévelles/Tuffé, France.
Solo and Two Persons Exhibitions
2012 – Michal Alon, Resident artist in the 5th Biennale céramique Prévelles Tuffé, France
2008 – Schloss Bourglinster, Luxemburg.
2007 – “No point in covering up” – Butheina Milhem and Michal Alon at the Peace Gallery in Givat
2005 – Gallery Michael Moses, Kall-Scheven, Germany.
2004 – De Osseberg gallery, Sint Laurens Grijpskerke, Holland.
2004 – Etienne Dewulf Gallery, Gent, Belgium.
2004 –”Textures” in Beit Aaron Kahana Museum, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
2004 – Keunekapel Gallery, Koksijde, Belgium.
1998 – “Works in Clay” at Schlusch 30 Gallery, Tel-Aviv.
Participated in numerous group exhibitions in Israel, Europe and U.S.A. among others
2016 – “Quest”, at The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai industrial Park, Israel.
2015 – “Quest”, at Beit Benyamini, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2015 – “I am A Native Here”, at the Peace Gallery in Givat Haviva, Israel.
2013 – “Imprinting on Clay” the 7th Israeli Ceramics Biennale at Eretz Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2012 –”From the melting pot into the fire” at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
2011 – “Music in your Eyes”, Korin Maman Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
2011 – “A Palace in Time”, at the Gallery in Givat Haim, Israel.
2010 – “Vase Now” at the Artist House TLV, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2010 – “From the melting pot into the fire” at The Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, U.S.A.
2010 – “Set Table”, at the Peace Gallery in Givat Haviva, Israel.
2010 – “From the melting pot into the fire” at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.
2010 – “Vase 2010”, Artists House, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2010 – “From the melting pot into the fire” at the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte N.C., U.S.A.
2009 – “Homage to Tania Engelstein”, Arts Center, Yavne, Israel.
2008 – ” In the Footsteps of the Philistines”, Korin Maman Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
2007 – “4 x Kley” in Torhouts Aardewerk Museum, Torhout, Belgium.
2006 – “Identity and Territory”, the 4th Israeli Ceramics Biennale at Eretz Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2006 – “Imprinted in matter” at the art gallery in Um el Fahem, Israel.
2006 – “Goblets” at The Gallery in Shoeva, Israel.
2005 – SOFA, Chicago, USA.
2003 – “Invitation” at Yadayim gallery, Beit Yitzhak, Israel
2001 – Windows to Ceramics Art, at Ramat-Aviv’ Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2001 – “Yakimono”- Fired ware, at Ein-Hod, Israel.
2000 – “Clay 2000” The first Israeli Biennale for Ceramics at Eretz- Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2000 – “Vase Movement” – at the Holon Design Gallery, Israel.
1999 – The Bowl – at Schlousch 30 Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1998 – “Potters Set a Table” at Tel-Hai Gallery and Beit Aharon Kahana Museum, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
1998 – Ways in Clay, Five Decades of Ceramics in Israel, Beit Aharon Kahana Museum, Ramat-Gan,
1998 – Twentieth Century International and Israeli Studio Ceramics, at Sotheby’s, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1998 – Teapots, at Schlousch 30 Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1995 – Ceramics Israel, at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1989 – Keramik aus Israel, Kassel, Germany.
1988 – Ceramics for the Garden, at the Artists House, Jerusalem, Israel.
Works in Beit Aaron Kahana Museum in Ramat-Gan, the Eretz-Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv, Racine Museum in Wisconsin, USA, and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany as well as in private collections in Israel, Europe, Australia and U.S.A. y, U.S.A.