Esther Knobel

During my undergraduate studies at Bezalel, the enamel studio, under the once in a lifetime leadership of Vera Ronnen, a master enameller and a true pluralist in her educational approach, was my place of refuge from the stiff training in the jewellery studio.  Although very passionate about the area, I was not able to take on the slow and disciplined process of enamelling and found alternative ways of using colour in my work
Twenty years later, I had a chance to take a class with Linda Darty, another generous teacher. The series ‘my Grandmother is knitting too’ was the outcome of this renewed encounter with the technique of enameling.
These and subsequent works are all attempts to work ‘easy’ with enamel.
A magnet is an object that produces a magnetic field: A force that pulls        attracts and repels….Out of my interest in the essence of the object of jewellery, I am happy to rest for a while in the verity of meanings created by this metaphor.

Born Poland 1949

 Post graduate studies , Royal College of Art, London (MA.RCA).
1970-74  Department of Jewelry, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem  
1968-69  Painting, the Institute for Plastic Arts, Bat Yam, Israel

  The Andrea Bronfman Prize for the Arts (“Andy2008”),Israel.
1999  Ministry of Education Prize for Jewelry, Israel.
1996  Second Prize, International Judaica Competition,
Jerusalem. Shared with Vered Kaminski and Leo Kontini Invited artist to Penland School of Craft, USA, Israel
North Carolina Exchange Program.
1994  Françoise van den Bosch Prize, the Netherlands.
1986  Alix de Rothschild Foundation Prize for jewelry design , Israel.
1975  British Council Scholarship for Post Graduate Study at the Royal College of Art, London.

Solo Exhibitions
  A case study in contemporary jewelry, gallery Loupe and Moss New York
2010  Jewlerswerk , Washington, USA
2009  Verzameld Werk, Gent, Belgium
2008  The Andy Prize 2008, Tel Aviv Museum
Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, on the occasion of the launching of artist book
2007  Sienna Gallery at SOFA New York.
2001  Verzameld Werk, Gent, Belgium.
2000  Gallery Rantapaja, Lappeenranta, Finland.
Galerie Ra, Amsterdam.
1999  Hnoss Gallery, Gothenburgh, Sweden.
1995  Beit Gabriel, Sea of Galilee .
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
1994  Galerie Ra, Amsterdam.
1993  The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1989  Galerie Ra, Amsterdam.
1988  Galerie Spektrum, Munich.
1984  The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, side show.
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England.
1983  Galerie Ra, Amsterdam.

Selected Joint Exhibition
  Galerie Spektrum , Munich , with Deganit Stern Schoken
2005  “Speechless,” Hipòtesi Gallery Barcelona, with Vered Kaminski
2003  “Untitled Dialogue”, Legnica Art Gallery, Legnica and Galeria Bielak,Kraków, Poland with    
Wilhelm Tasso Mattar. 
2002  “Broach,” Gallery Tactile, Geneva, Switzerland with Vered Kaminski and Deganit Stern Schocken.
2001  Marijke Studio, Padova, Italy with Vered Kaminski and Deganit Stern Schocken
2000  "Poetic License",Julie Artisans Gallery , New York, with Kiff Slemons.
1992  Special Exhibition, Summer Show, CAA, London
Kalisher  Gallery , Tel Aviv, with Vered Kaminski.
Galerie Ra , Amsterdam, with Vered Kaminski.
1987  Gallery Mattar, Cologne, Germany with Norbert Walters
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, with Mary Restieaux and Rachel Woodman.
1981  Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, with Vered Kaminski         
1980  Debel Gallery, Jerusalem, with Deganit Stern Schoken.
1978   Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, with Pierre Degen   

Selected Group Exhibition
  "Collect", Saatchi Gallery, London – represented by Galerie Ra
Periscoptiva , artist house , Tel Aviv
The Ring –Jewel forever, galerie Hnoss , Goteborg
Open Mind, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul .
2010  Shelf Life, Haifa Museum of Art 
Women's Tales, Ticho House , Israel Museum ,Jerusalem 
"Collect", Saatchi Gallery, London – represented by Galerie Ra
The Fourth Biennale of Drawing in Israel, Traces IV/ Caught in the Thicket 
2009  Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry;Museum of Art &Design ;New York
Cut, Stitch,Fold : Aaron faber gallery ,New York
"Collect", Saatchi Gallery, London – represented by Galerie Ra
Utrecht,Holland, Wcc-bf, Mons, Belgium 
"Family Traces", The Israel Museum,Jerusalem
Taking Time – Craft and the slow revolution, a touring exhibition from Craft Space, the Water Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery ,
Innovative craft, Edinburgh and uk tour 
2008  “Collect”, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London - represented by Galerie Ra 
"Schmuck 2008" , Munich   
"Crafting A Culture", Loupe Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
"Jewellery in transition", Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea , Uk
2007  "On a Small Scale" Jerusalem Print Workshop,Jerusalem.
" Hnoss 10 Years Jubilee exhibition", Rhoss Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden 
“Heaven and Earth” ,Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 
“Jewellery with enamel,” Museum Vlakglas - en Emaillekunst, Ravenstein, the Netherlands
"Exhibition in print", A Metalsmith Exhibition at SOFA , Chicago        
2006  "Tides", Gallery Agripas 12 , Jerusalem
" Parures", Nîmes and French tour 
"Radiant" 30 Years to Galerie Ra, Amsterdam 
"Women's Tales" Racine Art Museum (RAM) & USA tour 
25 years to Galerie Spectrum, Munich .

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The Museum of Applied Arts, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Museum Het Kruithuis ,s'-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan.
The Museum of Decorative Art, Montreal, Canada
The Museum of Art & Design (MAD), New York, USA
The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, England
Museum  Cesk'eho Raje ,Turnov, Czech Republic
Racine Art Museum (RAM), Wisconsin, USA
The Cleveland Craft Centre, Middlesborough, England.
The Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Rohss  Museum, Gothenborg, Sweden
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Schmuk Museum, Pforzhiem, Germany
The Shipley Jewellery Collection, England
The New Collection, Munich, Germany
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, USA
The Crafts Board of Australian Council, Sydney, Australia.
McAlpine Collection, England.
The Knapp Collection, New York, USA
Rotasa Foundation, California, USA
Collection Inge Asenbaum, Vienna, Austria. 
Benno Premsela Collection , the Netherlands.

Selected Publications
Designers on Jewellery: Twelve years of jewellery production by Chi ha
paura?  Arnoldsche Art publishers, The Netherlands, 2009
Sustainable Jewellery’ , Julia Manheim I by A&C Black, 2009
Long Distance Runner-Esther knobel I Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2008
The Mind in the Hand- Artist book I Carmel, Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2008
Refind Imagination-Esther Knobel ,Jewelry |The  Israel Museum
Esther Knobel- Sketches in raw materials | Artforum, Arenham
Ornament as Art I Cindi  Strauss
Women's Tales l Davira S Taragin & Alex Ward
Bezalel – 100 , Gideon Ofrat & David Tartakover
The Art Of Enameling l Linda Darty
Design Source book |David Watkins
Dictionaire International du Bijou- Marguerite de Cerval
International Crafts |Martina Margattes 1991                  
Contemporary Jewelry |Helen Drutt and Peter Dormer
The New Jewelry |Peter Dormer and Ralph Turner 1984
Contemporary Jewelry,1945-1975 |Ralph Turner 1975 




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