Every corner turns up a new surprise in Neve Tzedek by Flickr user yanivba
UPDATE MARCH 2012: Samy D has now closed his public gallery and works out of his private studio. As you may now know, Israel is home to an incredible array of artisans and creative types. From the artists colonies such as Ein Hod in the Carmel Mountains, to the creative neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek, Florentin, and Jaffa, Israel is transected by unique and wonderful pieces of art, culture and design. One of the trendy South Tel Aviv neighborhood, Neve Tzedek’s most notable and fascinating artists is Samy D, a French born pioneering ceramic artists who has been living in Israel and creating beautiful pieces since 1997.
Samy D hard at work creating another great work of art
Samy D.’s works are well published in prominent design and fashion journals and are held at the homes and galleries of some of the most important art collectors in the world. From his studio in Neve Tzedek, Samy D. introduced Israel to a new approach to functional ceramic art, being the first time that a studio continuously presents the works of one artist, bearing trademarks and signatures, characterized by innovative and humoresque lines interwoven with ever-classic fineness.
In addition to the celebrated studio in the Neve Tzedek, Samy D. is active in collaboration with distinguished companies and private clients from around the world, for personal and custom designs and productions. Among the largest of these are leading Israeli bank, Bank HaPoalim, Microsoft Netherlands, EL AL Israeli Airlines First Class, and recently the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong where Samy D. designed large vessels for the lobby, private dining room and bar in an international collaboration between the hotel’s art curator, the interior designer from Tokyo, and Israeli artist.
Samy D.'s Ripple collection
The originality has led to Samy D.’s extensive recognition. Recent collections of the artist were hosted by leading art galleries in Israel and abroad, including the Haifa Museum of Art, Eretz-Israel Museum (Tel Aviv), the SOFA exhibition in Chicago, IL and the Craft show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (November 2008).
And perhaps best of all, the gallery on Shabazi Street, Neve Tzedek is open to the public to view an inspirational collection of art fostored and honed within this unique and magical neighborhood. Samy D.’s studio is nearby on Abulafia Street although visits here are by appointment only.
For further information, see Samy D.’s blog, at http://samy-d.blogspot.com.