She so beautifully bridges the divide between traditional and ritual objects
and clean minimalist modern design.
She’s the mother of four children.
Her oldest daughter and son are soldiers
at the IDF and her younger children are twin boys, 11 years old.
I’m thrilled she took the time to talk with me about her art and her life.
Where and when do you work?
“I have a studio in the center of Jerusalem, the ‘Artist Colony,’ or in Hebrew ‘Hutzot-Hayotzer.’
I am working every day and am a very disciplined artist.
When I used to teach, I explained (to) my students that inspiration is hard work. You don’t wake up in the morning with ‘stars’ around your head. It happens as a result of working.”
Were you artistic as a child? Where did you go to school?
“I was an artistic child and teenager, but still, choosing the metal work and jewelry department at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem was in many ways a ‘beshert’…or good luck.
I loved the department, and designing big objects led me to create Judaica. I continued my studies at the Royal College of Art in London and emphasized Judaica as well.”
What attracted you to modern design?
“I love the clean lines of modern design, and I think it works with the command of not making a graven image or idol.
My designs are connected to the Jewish tradition and heritage, to customs from my own family as well as stories that visitors at the studio tell me and that inspire me. In my works I use a lot the stripes.
For me it is the Jewish ornament—the stripes on the Talit, the Teffilin and even the Hebrew letters. Pure and clean lines.”
Tell me a little about your process.
“All my work is handcrafted and involves a combination of modern technology and traditional silversmithing methods. The pure and simple lines of my distinctive designs incorporate Jewish motifs and religious concepts.”
“My work is part of a few museum collections around the world, and recently I have been told that the North Carolina Museum of Art will purchase my new design for a Torah breastplate.
One of the most known art works is my “Touching Mezuzah.” It is part of a few museum collections, among them, the Israel Museum, Jewish Museum NY and JM Berlin. The human touch is important for me, a reminder for the Jewish heritage—we are another bead in the chain.
Please go to my website for more information and to purchase any of my pieces.”
(Touching Mezuzah is pictured below. All the pieces shown here along with others are on Sari’s website.)
How do you keep the balance in your life?
“I think the secret is to love what you are doing.
I admit it is “burning” inside me…but I truly work very hard. I am giggling between home and the studio.
I remember as a child my mom used to have an afternoon rest. This is something that I don’t even dream about.”