Primitive, sensual, and earthy are all words that designer and
ceramicist Amir Smolnik would use to describe the properties of clay
and his attraction to the natural material with which he works. Born
and raised in Israel, Smolnik grew up in a place where nature was
never far away—he spent his childhood climbing amidst the lofty
branches of large pine trees in the back garden of his home—traipsing
through nature, picnicking, hiking, and camping with his family. In 1997,
he arrived in Paris to study at the École Supérieure des Arts et
Techniques de la Mode, and obtained his degree in menswear design.
After working with several fashion houses in the ready-to-wear sector,
he then began to work with leather goods. Out of pure interest, hear
rived at ceramics by enrolling inpottery-throwing classes as a hobby,
drawn to this particular medium due in part to his youth spent amongst
ancestral archaeological sites filled with ceramic and pottery.
Smolnik now works out of a studio near the Place de la République in Paris,
designing clothing and accessories,creating logos, working as an art director, collaborating with set designers, and dedicating plenty of time and energy to his craft as aceramicist.