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“Flower” Series

Rachel London

"The characters which I create in clay are born as I build them, springing from my fingers as I model them. It’s as if they spring from my fantasies, from my dreams and become little humans telling me back stories of their own…it seems the characters create themselves."

 

Rachel London was born in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, in 1947, to her parents Hannah and Shmuel London who had immigrated to Palestine from Lithuania in 1933.

 

Rachel drew and sculpted from childhood and after her army service began she studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She studied Fine Arts for four years, specializing in sculpture and ­earning an MFA; and in her fifth year was an assistant in the sculpture department.

 

She was awarded a scholarship to the Sculpture Center in New York in 1973, but had to return to Israel when her brother fell in the Yom Kippur war.

 

In Bezalel Rachel attracted much interest in her polyester-in-polyester sculptures and then spent some time with bronze and mixed media sculptures, which were exhibited  in the 13 ½ Gallery in Jaffa. In the 1980’s Rachel studied Puppet Theater and animation at Tel Aviv University and jewelry at the Omanit School in Jaffa. In the 1990’s She became interested in ceramic sculpture and have specialized in clay work since then.

 

Rachel lives and work in Ramat-Gan with her husband, illustrator Avi Katz. Their three sons—two classical musicians and a graphic designer—live in the USA.