My name is Ayala Snir, I'm from Israel and currently living in Cambridge MA with my husband and two kids.
In 2014 I graduated from the Department of Ceramics and Glass Design at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (BFA).
My work centers on functional ware. Utilizing wheel thrown, hand built, slabs and pinching techniques, with both porcelain and stoneware.
To me ceramics (handmade or otherwise) have a deep and direct connection with daily rituals. A unique handmade object has the ability to enhance the precious moments of daily life and elevate the mundane.
I aim to create pottery with refined character, a contemporary and clean aesthetic, through creation of unique glazes and surface designs over simple shapes.
I started Kadabra Ceramics in 2018.
After graduating and moving to the US in 2014, I needed to take a break from clay. After a couple of years I missed the magic of creating with clay. Around the fall of 2017 I got back into it, and began selling my work.
During the summer of 2018 I began teaching wheel throwing classes at the community studio where I worked (Indigo Fire Studio in Belmont MA). I love teaching and accompanying my students through their artistic journey, providing support towards accomplishing their goals. Every new project embeds within it a mutual learning experience.
What does Kadabra Ceramics mean? Well, besides the meaning that is known to most (relating to the magic word “abracadabra”) the name has meaning in both Hebrew and Aramaic.
In Aramaic (ancient Hebrew) "abra-cadabra" means: abra- I will create, cadabra- as I speak.
In Hebrew “kad” is a vase/jug/crock.
So, maybe a translated version is “speaking pottery” or “vase creations” or something like that.