Creating with clay has been a burning passion since early childhood and Shlomit has successfully turned hobby into profession.
Shlomit Flexer was born in Israel and received her BFA in Ceramic Art and Design from the Betzalel Art Academy in Jerusalem.
She opened her studio in 1989 on Kibbutz Revadim, Israel, based on the firm belief that anything can be made from clay. Shlomit continues to live on the Kibbutz and works from her studio, creating her works of art and teaching ceramic classes.
Her earlier works focused upon functional and decorative lines ranging from basic, functional ware to simple, decorative styles. The styles intertwined, resulting in the creation of functional pieces that were also whimsical, colorful, conversational pieces. “I create images of birds and fish with a gleam of anthropological articulation.” The unique designs are adorned with heads and feet, to complement and enhance.
Over the years, Shlomit has been commissioned to create a variety of works, ranging from archeological replicas for sale and display to gravestones, wall sculptures, door signs, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, as well as water fountains and garden accessories. All of her creations are based on the idea that “anything can be made from clay.”
While working in her studio, Shlomit realized that the next best thing to creating with clay is passing on her passion through teaching. She came to the conclusion that exposing children and adults to the love of clay, and the many ways it can be used, was another means of expressing herself as an artist.
Education has become a major portion of her work during the past few years. Shlomit teaches art and ceramics in her studio during the school year and offers classes at summer camps in North America during the summer.
Shows and Achievments
1998: Regional artists exhibit- Kibuutz K’Far Menachem
2004: Toronto Potters’ Bianale – Toronto Canada
2007: Her passion for making large-scale sculpture was finally realized when she submitted a piece to the Rothschild Foundation. The sculpture was chosen as one of 12 finalists.