The word Keramika has special meaning to Israeli born artist Tali Cohen-Flantz. In her first language Hebrew, Keramika means ‘ceramic’, which during the past eleven years has been Tali’s preferred artistic medium. To connect her Israeli culture and heritage with her contemporary artistic practice in Australia as a ceramicist,

Tali’s handmade ceramics are simple and elegant in their form and colour. The palette she uses is borrowed from the natural surrounds of her local environment in and around the coastal town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales where her works have been exhibited and sold in the region’s leading galleries.

Her pieces feature the muted hues of the sandy coast and the bleached objects she finds there as well as the deep, earthen colours of the volcanic soil and the ancient rainforests that dominate the nearby costal hinterland.

The markings featured in her works are influenced by nature too; such as running rivers and leafy textures.

Tali is also fascinated with the way nature affects man made materials and the influences of iron and rust can often be seen in her creations.

Back in the studio she prepares sketches and drawings inspired by these visual notes. She begins to consider the type of clay, the glazes and the techniques she will use to bring her design ideas into creation.

Tali’s passion for ceramic making is based on giving life and function to raw clay sourced from the earth by using her hands to create functional and pleasurable objects like our ancestors did thousands of years ago.“Today, we live in a modern world that values a busy and fast lifestyle,” says Tali.

“The tactile process of ceramic making offers me an opportunity to slow down and observe life and my surrounds.  It’s about taking time to enjoy special moments – like spending time in nature or sharing a meal with family and friends – while embracing the artistic practice of the handmade.


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