Ceramics and Glass Design: About

The Department of Ceramics and Glass Design is one of the first departments at Bezalel, and the first that gained academic accreditation. Little wonder then that the Department has a long tradition of developing processes of creation and practice in the fields of ceramics and glass design, rooted in the vast accumulation of knowledge. Its experienced lecturers, prominent figures in their fields, engage in constant updating of the disciplines, while continually challenging the familiar and encouraging groundbreaking innovativeness.
The Department stands out in the landscape of design departments in Israel, and is one of the largest of its kind in the world, both in scope and in the fields of knowledge it encompasses.
The Department offers an innovative and original approach to the traditions of ceramics and glass, and allows its students to develop an original design approach to conventional perceptions of design. These are supported by its reliance on a material point of departure, and by virtue of the processes that take place in it, which draw on the tradition of craft and gain new, fresh and original spirit.
The faculty members you will meet are practicing designers, artists and craftsmen who open before the students the gates to a sincere and profound discussion surrounding the fundamental issues in the fields of art and design, informed by the experience they have acquired in their personal practice. The Department engages in all aspects of design that touch on the most current questions: from the connection between material creation and digital media, through questions of sustainability and ecology, to social and moral questions.
In the Department we strive to give our graduates professional training and familiarization with the materials on the highest level in order to prepare them to be skillful professionals, in the belief that this is the foundation that will give them the perfect springboard from which they will develop their individual careers as designers and as artists.
We see in you not only a student who comes to acquire professional knowledge but also an active partner in the construction of an ethos of quality, precision, commitment and passion for creation, which will influence the face of Israeli society. The craft tradition is the one that offers a critical outlook and alternative moral standpoint for the hardships and ailments of society in the 21st century and our Department is the home of those dreaming of the ability to make a difference.

The Department of Ceramics and Glass Design engages in two material fields: ceramics and glass. The students in the Department choose which track they want to specialize in, and each student also chooses a variety of disciplines: sculpturing, design or craft, in order to specialize in the material track he or she chose, from an in-depth focus in one discipline to a lateral selection of a number of disciplines.
In the Department we believe that each and every student has his or her own unique voice and specific manner to combine or focus in the different disciplines.
During their studies at the Department the students learn and are exposed to a wide range of possibilities of expression and practice. In the field of ceramic arts the students learn the traditional techniques, pottery, glazing, sculpting technique in ceramic and other materials as well as the integration of ceramic sculpting with other media like video and print, performance and installation. In addition they gain knowledge and specialize in design techniques from industrialized techniques to three-dimensional printing and computer based work and the development of innovative design processes.
In the field of glass the students learn the different glass techniques such as hot glassblowing, casting, pâte de verre, fusing, slumping, lampworking, Pyrex blowing and cold work, which they employ in the formulation of a personal artistic expression that includes an integration of glass with other materials and incorporating glass in contemporary art language. Furthermore, they learn to develop advanced design processes in the field of glass.
The Department's alumni can be found in all possible fields of art and design. They participate in exhibitions at leading galleries and museums in Israel and worldwide and are acclaimed for their unique perspective and an uncompromising professional approach.