Wapa's Studio

Wapa's Studio

Kathryn Wright
Oct 26, 2010

There's something about delicate textured porcelain that gets me every time. Wapa's Studio items capture what I love about porcelain and combine it with a raw handmade aesthetic. Based in Avichail, a small seaside town surrounded by nature in Israel, Wapa's Studio is the handiwork of artist Ady Shapira.

Ady's inspiration comes from many places, including origami and kirigami (Japanese paper cutting). She translates these arts with slabs of delicate porcelain, treating them like paper with folds and corners. The results are stunning—pieces that are both practical and strong.

Another influence is Ady's medium, porcelain, the finest ceramic material that gives her work its translucent, warm and often glowing quality. Her home studio is surrounded by nature, so it's fitting that she works with a material that comes from the earth and can be returned to the earth with minimal harm.

Ady's work is available through her etsy shop, wapa.etsy.com and can be seen through ceramic gallery cooperatives, Altogether8 gallery and HomerTov gallery as well as on facebook and a flickr gallery is worth checking out, especially Ady's gorgeous lighting fixtures.

" I believe that buying more handmade and buying less cheap industrial items will cause a more balanced world economy and environment. Personally, I'm a vegetarian. I have a small garden that provides me herbs and some vegetables. I try to use recycled water from my studio to water my plants, I use my food remains to fertilize my garden." - Ady Shapira
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