Dafna Levy-Banay is the name behind studio Orto, located in Tel-aviv. She graduated from the ceramic department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and won a prize for Excellence in the material work for her final project. After finishing her studies she started a career in the ceramic field, opening her studio for ceramic creation and pottery classes.
‘Orto’ is an Italian word referencing a small vegetable garden located near the house. Levy-Banay chose it as her studio’s name following her motivation to work with the ‘down to earth’ ceramic material. In her work, Levy-Banay is inspired by the desert – where she grew up as a child, and the sea – as she currently lives nearby to it. She crafts decorative and functional pieces, using slip casting molds and the potter’s wheel, and creates pieces made from stone ware clay and porcelain.
Sea Series, 4 pieces, porcelain, slip casting and wheel thrown, 2020.
Big Sea Vase – 38×18 cm.
Small Sea Vase – 30×8 cm.
Open Sea Vase – 22×15 cm.
Sea Bowl – 18×24 cm.
(Price is for all of the pieces together)
In this project Levy-Banay combines two different techniques with the ceramic material. Slip casting in a plaster mold, and wheel thrown on the pottery wheel. Each object is a one piece combined from the two different techniques.
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