Almost hidden from the public eye, the potter Irit Abba has been creating for three decades. A graduate of the Bezalel Department of Ceramic Design, she has been teaching there since the mid-1980s. Her work has internalized a wide-reaching pottery culture – from the ancient pottery of China and Persia to the modern aesthetics discourse formed in Britain and the United States in the 1940s and 1950s.
Since 2001 Irit has been perfecting porcelain work on the pottery wheel with virtuosity, testing the boundaries of matter. During the past decade, in the movement between the raw and the refined, Irit has begun realizing a fantasy of contravening prohibitions, breaching the canonical Do and Don Not Do standards of pottery. The exhibition lay out two bodies of work, seemingly distant, that embody a transformative process undergone by Irit in the past decade, from a classical potter to a one seeking her way through porcelain.
Irit has participated in many solo and group exhibitions since the 1980s in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad.