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Contact Details

Studio: 27 Aharoni Street, Rehovot 76281, Israel, . View in Google Maps
Telephone: +972(0)89362839
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Web-site: www.simcha-evenchen.com
Availability: By appointment.
Joined on: 2011-02-03
Last Updated: 2014-02-06

Current Work

Current Work

In the current works I’m exploring sculptural concerns, expressed by tension and balance through the juxtaposition of forms upon one another.
Different levels of relationships are created at the contact point between the bodies; physical balance between open and the closed forms, ratio between the geometric surface pattern and the precise structure of the bodies that compose these works and the tension between the precise surface and the amorphous patterns resulting from the Raku technique. 
The essence of the works is expressed by apparent juxtaposition of control and chance, soft and rigid, expected and unexpected, planned/arranged and amorphous. 

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I use ceramics to investigate the elements of ambiguity and dynamic of opposites. Ambiguity is expressed by the contrast between appearance and reality. Looking at the precise shapes that enclose and contain space gives the impression of solid and massive bodies when they are, in fact, surprisingly light and delicate.
The tension between the constructed precise shapes, the geometric planned surface pattern and the unpredictable firing technique of “Naked Raku” is the basis for the element of dynamic of opposites.
The investigation of these two elements is achieved by the following techniques: slab-hand building, burnishing, terra sigillata and Raku firing.
Only two major colors dominate the clay bodies. However, within this limited color scheme, there is a large variety of hues and tones, which are created without my intervention. The final result depends on the ratio between the control and random

Technical Information

Technical Information

The objects are slab built using a mixture of Porcelain and Stoneware, burnished and when bone dry a thin layer of terra sigillata is applied. Bisque firing is at 980˚C.  Design sketches are drown on the bisque fired objects followed with tapping.  A “resist” slip and a glaze are applied and objects are fired in a Raku gas kiln to 1000˚C, before removal to smoke chamber. When cold the glaze is “peeling off” followed with slip washing and when dry a layer of wax is applied.   

Availability

Availability

From the Artist's studio in Rehovot, Israel

Eretz-Israel Museum Shop, Tel-Aviv, Israel. 

Education

Education

2011 - Member in the International Academy of Ceramic (IAC)
1996 - Present Senior Scientist at Biochemistry Department at the Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
1996 - Established my own studio
1994 - 1996 Pottery - Rehovot Culture Foundation, Rehovot, Israel.
1985 - 1990 PhD - Tel Aviv University, Human Microbiology, Sackler School of Medicine, Israel.
1981 - 1985 MSc - Tel Aviv University, Human Microbiology, Sackler School of Medicine, Israel.
1978 - 1981 BSc - Bar-Ilan University, Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Israel.

Awards

Awards

2011 - Gold Award, 1st China Kaolin Grand Prix for International ceramic art, Jingdezhen, China
2011 - Second Prize, VI Biennale de Ceramic, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain
2011 - Grand Prix, STUDIO GALERIJA GASSPAR PIRAN, XIIth International Ex-tempore of ceramic, Obalne Galerije Piran, Slovenia
2010 - Purchase Prize, SCARBO d.o.o, KOPER, XIth International Ex-tempore of ceramic, Obalne Galerije Piran, Slovenia.
Honorable Mention, V Biennale de Ceramic, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain. 
2009 - First Prize in the Competition of Design and New Forms in Ceramic, LXXIX Exhibition of Pottery and Ceramic of La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain.
2008 - Winner of the 26th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia.
2007 - Honorable Mention, the 4th World Ceramic Biennale Korea 
2006 - Second Prize, L’Alcalaten Prize, 26th Concurs International de Ceramic, L’Alcora, Spain

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2012 - VI Biennale International de Ceramic, Winners Exhibition, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain (September 28th)
2012 - IAC members’ exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, USA (September 7th)
2012 - 2nd International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2012, Maribor, Slovenia (May 15th
) 2012 - IV Biennale International de Ceramic de Marratxí (BICMA), Museum Del Fang, Marratxí, Spain (May 12th)
2012 - Ceramic Now Exhibition, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (April 17th)

2011 - Ceramic Now Exhibition, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2011 - 1st China Kaolin Grand Prix for International ceramic art, Jingdezhen, China
2011 - VI Biennale International de Ceramic, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain
2011 - “Smooth & Smoky”, Vessels Gallery, Boston, USA
2011 - XIIth International Ex-tempore of Ceramics, Obalne, Galerije Piran, Slovenia
2011 - “Move”, Opera House, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2011 - 81th Exhibition of pottery and Ceramic of La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain
2011 - 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Kecskemét, Hungary - Them:”Century 21”
2011 - 39th Gangjin Festival International Ceramic Exhibition, Korea
2011 - The 5th International Biennial Ceramics “Ciudad de Talavera” La Reina, (Toledo), Spain
2011 - CERCO-11, International Prize of Contemporary Ceramics, Zaragoza, Spain
2011 - International Mix Exhibition Painting-Sculpture-Ceramic, Usak University Art Gallery, Turkey
2011 - The 6th Biennale for Israeli Ceramic Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel 


2010 - Keramikos 2010, Ceramic Art International Festival, Artidec Gallery, Bracciano, Rome, Italy
2010 - XIth International Ex-tempore of ceramic, Obalne Galerije Piran, Slovenia
2010 - III Biennale International de Ceramic de Marratxí (BICMA), Museum Del Fang, Marratxí, Spain
2010 - 12th Biennale de la Céramique, Andenne, Belgium
2010 - “At the Moment” traveled exhibition - Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany

2009 - 9th Biennale International de Ceramic, Manises, Valencia, Spain
2009 - The 6th International Biannual of Ceramics of the City of Kapfenberg, "At the Moment" Austria
2009 - V Biennale de Ceramic, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain 
2009 - International Ceramic Competition “The Cup and Saucer” Mosee De Carouge, Carouge, Switzerland 
2009 - Xth International Ex-tempore of Ceramic, Obalne Galerije Piran, Slovenia 
2009 - LXXIX Exhibition of Pottery and Ceramic of La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain 
2009 - 29th Concurs International de Ceramic, L’Alcora, Spain  
2009 - The 1st International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 09, Metelkova National Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 - Ceramic Space & life the 5th World Ceramic Biennale, Korea
2009 - The Third International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics - CERAMICA MULTIPLEX -“Nature as Adventure”, City of Museum of Varaždin, Croatia 

2008 - The 5th Biennale for Israeli Ceramic “Clay, Sensation”, Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2008 - “Clay Focus” Exhibition, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, NY, USA
2008 - LXXVIII Exhibition of Pottery and Ceramic of La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain
2008 - 26th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia 
2008 - II Biennale International de Ceramic de Marratxí - BICMA - Museum Del Fang, Marratxí, Spain
2008 - Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery in association with La Trobe University, Australia

2007 - The 8th Biennale International de Ceramic, Manises, Valencia, Spain
2007 - Tiresies Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 
2007 - CERCO 07, 7th International prize of Contemporary Ceramics, Zaragoza, Spain
2007 - The 4th World Ceramic Biennale, Korea

2006 - “Goblet” - The Gallery. Shoeva, Israel 
2006 - 26th Concurs International de Ceramica, L’Alcora, Spain

2005 - “Red” - The Design Gallery of Hankin College, Holon, Israel
2005 - “Le Vase Soliflore” Mosee De Carouge, Carouge, Switzerland 

2004 - The Third Israeli Biennale for Ceramics, Design, Art, Design, Eretz- Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2003 - Altech Ceramics Triennial, Cape Town, Rep. South Africa

2002 - The Second Israeli Biennale for Ceramics, Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2001 - Yakimono - Japanese stile fired Pots Exhibition. Ein Hod Artist Village Gallery, Ein Hod, Israel

2000 - "Vase Movement", Ceramic Design Exhibition. The Design Gallery of Hankin College, Israel
2000 - The Altech Ceramics Biennale, Sandton Civic Gallery, Sandton, Gauteng, Rep. of South Africa 
2000 - Clay 2000" The First Israeli Biennale for Ceramics, Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel

 

Publications

Publications

2012 - “Simcha Even-Chen” article by Gordon Flouds, Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 87,
2011 - Louisa Taylor, “Ceramic, Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Maker”, Rotovision/Chronicle, publication on August 2011
2011 - “500 Raku”, Lark Books, on March 2011, ISBA 978-1-60059-474-8
2010 - “The Poetics of Mathematics” Ceramic Review Magazine, issue 243 May/June 2010.
2010 - Emmanuel Cooper, “Contemporary Ceramics - International Perspective”, Thames & Hudson, UK, ISBA 978-0-500-51487-0, 2009.
2008 - Craft & Art international Magazine profile by Gordon Flouds, Even-Chen Simcha: Gold Cost International Ceramic Award 2008, issue 75, page 91-93.

Collections

Collections

- Great China Museum, Jingdezhen, China
- Town Council Art Collection, El Vederell, Tarragona, Spain
- Ganjin Celadon Museum, Korea
- Obalne Galerije Piran, Slovenia
- Museum of Ceramic of La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain
- Gold Cost City Art Gallery, Australia
- World Ceramic Exposition Foundation (WOCEF), Korea
- Museo de ceramic de L’Alcora, Spain
- Eretz-Israel Museum - Tel Aviv, Israel

- Private Collections - Israel, Switzerland, USA and UK

Other Information

Other Information

Member of Jury Competition 
2007 - Winners Selection of the 27th Concurs International de Ceramic, L’Alcora, Spain.

Professional Memberships
1996 - Present   Membership in the Israel Ceramics Organization
2007 - Membership in the ICCA (International Contemporary Ceramic Art)
2011 (October) Member of International Academy of Ceramic (IAC)

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Unglazed
Handbuilt
Sculptural
Architectural