Michael Minkoff Pottery

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Something about Mike:

Having graduated with a degree in Biology in 1989 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I headed to London for some carefree time out and an opportunity to immerse myself in being creative. From a young age I was drawn to pottery and within a short time I enrolled for a class in North London’s Ormond Road Craft Centre. To say that I was hooked immediately is an understatement and I quickly progressed from making hand built pots of various sizes to throwing on the potter’s wheel. I spent so many hours at the workshop that they even gave me a job!

In 1994, having returned to Israel I set about opening my own workshop. Since then my time has been divided between work connected to my scientific training and time at my studio where I create and teach. My scientific work has included five years as a research assistant for the Ministry of Agriculture. To date I work for a company that specializes in water and environment and at the Sagi winery - a Boutique Winery in the centre of Israel.

I have been a member of the Ceramic Artists Association of Israel since 2001 and participate in their ceramic art fairs twice a year. My work is sold through the Tikotin Museum of Japanese art in Haifa, and I have been a guest artist for the past three years at Guilda, a ceramicist’s cooperative gallery in Jerusalem. My main influences are mostly English ceramicists such as Phil Rogers, David Frith, Richard Dewar.

My goal is to create simple forms with innate aesthetic attraction. I incorporate fine details into my work such as texture, colour, handles and my own unique glazes. I strive to create pottery that is timeless, practical and well balanced.