Year: 2016 | Production: Limited edition | Material: Stoneware
Commission: Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
Exhibition: Matter of Fact | Curators: Maya Ben-David & Jhonathan Hopp
This new collection is homage to Lapid’s popular Arabesque design. The original Lapid objects were nicely painted, but in a way that was only loosely related to their shapes. Various graphical patterns were painted on the same model, with little consideration of its overall form.
In this collection, the material itself is “painted” to begin with by inlaying pigmented clay into the ceramic slab. It then behaves like weaved textile. Pressed on molds, a new relationship between the shape and decoration was created. New blow-up compositions for the archaic, but loved, Arabesque.
The “Matter of Fact” exhibition presented a utopian situation in which the Israeli Lapid ceramic factory is still in operation, asking designers to design a new collection for its brand.
This project presents found segments from original Lapid dishes. They were all found on the Jaffa seashore that used to be a dumpsite. Much like a young archaeological site from the 1960s, it holds the proof that the Lapid factory had a central role in every household.