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
1975-77 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
2007 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.
2011 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
2007 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
2011 "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.
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
- CAA Exhibitions