In the Oven - The Ceramics and Print Exhibition 2022
Over two hundred students of ceramics and print come every week to the Collaborative Art Center at Givat Haviva to explore, plan, experiment, practice and create shapes, volumes and ideas.
The creative processes that mature and slowly rise in the classroom spaces are eventually refined, physically or metaphorically, and serve as the basis for all the works that have been "baked" in our workshop ovens over the past year. The annual exhibition echoes the heat of the kilns, the material and human encounters, the successes, the failures, the surprises and the alliances that are forged between the artists and the tools that serve them during the creative processes.
Like the flame in the wood-burning stoves of the ancients, the process of creation begins with a small fire that alternately intensifies and abates. One who insists on maintaining the flame will eventually connect to primordial fire, which brings humans together with their place, with nature and with their most basic essence.
The products that have ripened and are displayed in this exhibition, express a wide range of creative expression, which would not have been revealed here to you without the kiln. The kiln is sometimes mistakenly perceived as a purely technical tool, a partner without credit, when it is in fact an essence in itself, whose role in the process is vital, and whose values are priceless.
Michal Niv, Avner Singer and Moshe Roas.