This collection is a tribute to ancient Chinese arts and craft. I was deeply inspired by the virtues of the Chinese tradition: focus, restrainment and immense patience. I imagine an encounter of an ancient Chinese artist and myself, a present day Israeli artist. It’s a dialogue of restrain and provocation, control and freedom, moderation and impulse.
This work is my attempt to shape this dialogue in my own words. I bit into the china, felt it with my bare hands, engraved it with my fingers and created something new that still holds the original masterpiece. I did this humbly, one precise bite after the other, with utmost respect for the tradition behind each porcelain bit.
Merav Oster Roth, born in 1985, studied under maestro Vered Kaminski, is one of the most talented young contemporary jeweler in Israel. She is a graduate of Bezalel Art & Design Academy in Jerusalem, and in 2009 participated in university exchange with Pforzheim Academy of Design (Hochschule auf Gestaltung), Jewelry Department, Pforzheim, Germany for outstanding student. She is winner of several design awards, including Award for studies achievements, Bezalel Academy, Maizler Award for excellent design, Finalist of the ITS Jewelry competition, Trieste, Italy. Her works are exhibited in Red Dot Museum, Germany, as well as in galleries among the world, including Israel, the United States, Germany, China, and presented in many art fairs like the sixth Israeli Biennale for temporary jewelry.