Yaara Nir Kachlon designs beautiful yet functional everyday objects that are inviting to handle and hold.
I love Yaara’s work and I know you will too!
Yaara puts a bit of herself in each piece she designs. She feels people have a lot in common with her pottery: “We are fragile yet steady, practical and down to earth. We survive heat and cold and moody children. And although we do the best we can, none of us are perfect.”
Where are you from?
I am from a small town in Israel. As a child we moved to New York for a few years. For me it was great. I loved everything about living in the States, especially New York City. I was exposed to so much thanks to my parents who made sure my brothers and I didn’t miss a thing of this amazing experience.
Where did learn to make and design pottery?
After school (and the army) I was accepted to Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. I majored in ceramic product design.
School was good, but I had my heart set on the exchange student program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Returning to New York as a design student was a dream. I had everything so close by…museums, galleries, theatre, street artists, amazing design shops and the best school—Parsons.
The teachers at Parsons were not afraid to tell me I had good ideas and that they liked what I did, so I returned home feeling everything was possible —even making a living as a ceramic designer. Needless to say, this opened my mind in a very unique way.
When did you develop your first line and what was the inspiration behind the collection?
I first produced my line in 2000.
After graduating, I started developing a few pieces. These pieces were inspired by a Japanese style that I used to love and was exposed to a lot at the time I was in New York, but I kept playing around with the sizes, thickness of the pieces and glazes, and trying out different firing temperatures. Ultimately, there was nothing Japanese about them anymore.
Finally I started selling a few products. It was pretty crazy because at the time, blue, turquoise and decorated ceramics were very much a hit, and there I was trying to sell these white minimalistic ceramic dishes.
It was a risk, but happily some of the nicest stores around at that time really liked them. People fell in love with the clean look and loved how food looked on it. Mostly they loved the fact that my work was very light since ceramic dishes are usually heavy.
I have produced these pieces ever since. All of my pieces are ceramic and handmade. They are all oven, microwave and dishwasher safe and toxic free.
I have two collections every year—one before Rosh Hashanah and one before Passover.
I try to make the most useful product I can think of, wishing people would want to use them every day and not save them in a fancy cabinet for a special occasion.
Where can we buy your pieces?
Today I work with about 20 beautiful stores in Israel.
My pieces can also be found in the States at ABC Carpet and Home and some of the Anthropologie shops around the country.
All of the designs can be found in my website, Studio Yaara.
**Thanks to Tomer Burmad who took all these beautiful photos.**