Einav Mekori

Artist Statement

Einav Mekori is a Glass Artist, working mostly in blowing & hot casting glass. Native to Israel, she initially studied sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She moved to Canada in 2004, and subsequently graduated from the Sheridan College Craft and Design program. At 2006, right after graduation, she began a three years Artist residency at the glass studio of Harbourfront centre, Toronto. During her years as a professional glass artist, her works have been featured in several exhibitions around the world. Her previous artwork deals with memory and perpetuation, influenced by the rich visualization of Victorian styles, and takes inspiration from jewelry and wallpaper designs. currently, einav returned to Israel and teaching glass at the bezalel academy of art and Design in Jerusalem. . her bran new glass blowing studio in kibbutz Regavim she is developing a new body of work.

Education

2004-2006 Glass Major – Craft & Design Program, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2001-2003 Majored in Glass and Sculpture – Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2010 “Investment Strategies” – Master Class with RobertaEichenberg & Patrick Martin, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, U.S.A

2009 “Crocheting for the Fearless” – Master Class with Felieke van der Leest, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2008 “The Glass Sandwich” – Master Class with Brent Sommerhauser, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, U.S.A

Intro to Screen Printing (Intensive) with Hilary Dennis, Contemporary Textile Studio Co – op, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007 Introduction to Jewellery – Metal Studio at Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“A line, a thread, a wire” -Master Class with Lily Yung, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2006 Glass sand casting with Koen Vanderstukken, Sheridan College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2005 Glass blowing with Fritz Dresbuch, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey.

2000 Sculpting, Tel–Hai College, Kiryat–Shmona, Israel.

1997 Sculpting, Kalisher College, Tel – Aviv, Israel.

Exhibitions

2011 “Israeli glass 2011″ Eretz Israel Museum, Tel – Aviv, Israel

2009 International Art Fair, SOFA Chicago 2008, Represented by Hawk Galleries, Chicago, USA

BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass Steuben’s Flagship Store, New York, NY, USA

BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass,OSU Urban Arts Space and Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Come Up To My Room, collaborative work by ErinMccutcheon, André Wejsmann, Annie Tung and Einav Mekori, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

Gone Hunting, collaborative work by Einav Mekori and Annie Tung, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2008 Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre (NGC), Sunderland, UK

International Art Fair, SOFA Chicago 2008, Represented by Lafreniere & Pai Gallery, Chicago, USA

Lindsay Craig and Einav Mekori Exhibition, Lafreniere & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

Update – Harbourfront Artist- in- Resident ExhibitionBiennial Ontario Craft Council Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Varied Approaches, Harbourfront Centre Glass Studio Exhibition. *new* Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007 IIDEX Convention 2007, MOB (Modern Object of Beauty) Booth, Direct Energy Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Varied Approaches, Harbourfront Centre Glass Studio Exhibition. *new* Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cross Canada 2006 Graduate Show, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Quebec

2006 Shadowbox Exhibition, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario.

Graduate Student Exhibition, Material Matters, Toronto, Ontario.

Twelve Hundred Degrees, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Graduate Students Exhibition.

All Glass Show Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario, Student Exhibition.

The Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

2005 All Glass Show, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

2003 Student Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel.

Awards and Honours

2010 The Lino Tagliapietra International Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass, Seattle, WA, U.S.A

Aida (AIDA – Assn. of Israel’s Decorative Arts) Scholarship for Master Class with Roberta Eichenberg & Patrick Martin, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, U.S.A

2009 Ontario Art Council exhibition assistance grant

2008 Ontario Craft Council Award, Glass Supply Grant, sponsored by The Pottery Supply House

Bronfman Award, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, U.S.A

Ontario Art Council Craft project: Individual grant (Professional Development grant)

2006-2009 Full time artist-in-residence – Glass studio at Harbourfront Centre

2006 Finalist for the 2006 Student NICHE Awards Competition, Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

2003 Summer scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Professional Experience

2009 -2013 Teaching glass education at the Glass Program at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Jerusalem, Israel.

2008 Teaching a Craft Education Workshop for high school students at the Harbourfront Centre

2008 Lecturing about the development and ideas of my work as part of “Viva Voce” (Voices from the Craft Studio event at Harbourfront Centre).

2006-2009 Teaching glass blowing courses at the Glass Studio at Harbourfront Centre.

2005-2006 Student Assistant to Established Glass Artists and teacher, BradSherwood.

2002-2003 Member of a student art program (Perach) working with children from various elementary schools to improve aesthetics of the school (painting murals and making environmental sculptures).

1997-1998 Teaching a sculpting course as part of a special program for children with disabilities.

Affiliations

2006- Present Glass Art Society – member.

Ontario Craft Council – member.

Glass Art Association of Canada – member.

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