Do You Like Op-Art Vases?

I, for one, love them, so I was delighted to come across the textured porcelain vases and vessels and porcelain jewellery by Israeli designer Ady Shapira.

Aren’t these gorgeous?

From Ady’s profile on Etsy:

The moment I sat in front of a potter’s wheel, I knew that ceramics is my way. I studied ceramic design at “The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design” in Jerusalem, where I first worked with porcelain, my favorite and most beloved material.
During school I opened my own studio that specializes in the designing and making lighting objects from porcelain.

Take a look at her other items on Etsy, too. They are amazing. So are the prices, so grab yourself a handmade piece of designer home accessories or jewellery now. My prediction is that the going-rates for Ady’s artwork will skyrocket once she’s received more public attention.


  1. Tiff

    8/5/2009 at 6:32 pm

    I love Ady, I love Etsy!

  2. vicki

    8/6/2009 at 7:40 am

    OOOOOOOOOO. Shiny.

  3. froylein

    8/6/2009 at 8:49 am

    Tiff, Vicki, think we should start nagging CK to establish a FfFfFF (Fund for Fancies for Favourite Females)?

  4. Tiff

    8/6/2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m totally down with that! Although I am not sure I’ll make the cut as one of his favorites…

    • froylein

      8/6/2009 at 9:48 am

      AFAIK, you’re among the top 3… 🙂

  5. mike darnell

    8/6/2009 at 12:15 pm

    Beautiful stuff.

    It’s not particularly op-art is it?
    I mean the brooch isn’t op-art at all, and the vase merely appears to be a purse from the outside due to the handles and simulated fabric pattern and stitches.

    Maybe with government backing…

  6. froylein

    8/6/2009 at 2:29 pm

    Mike, Op-Art vases also have typically got structures on white porcelain, often with a matte finish on the outside. I should take pics of mine…

  7. vicki

    8/6/2009 at 2:34 pm

    You hear that, CK? Froylein and I demand that you buy us pretty vases. It’s a mitzvah.

  8. mike darnell

    8/6/2009 at 4:01 pm

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    With all due respect Op-Art happens to be well defined:

    These are examples of Op-art porcelain:



    The vase topside is decidedly NOT.

    The Jewish/Israeli angle is of course Op & Kinetic-Art pioneer Yaakov Agam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaacov_Agam

  9. montreal florist

    5/16/2010 at 12:36 pm

    It’s really beautiful and it’s really ART. Gorgeours!!

  10. froylein

    5/16/2010 at 12:45 pm

    I missed Mike’s earlier reply, but I’d like to add that the post does not say that the objects are Op-Art. Typical Op-Art vases – think manufacturers like Rosenthal, Thomas, Scherzer, Hutschenreuther, Wächtersbach, Kaiser but to name a few – have typically got patterned structures, which make for the beauty of those objects. I said in the post that I like Op-Art vases and that I hence also enjoyed the structured porcelain mentioned in the post. Again, no contradiction at all.

    And yes, the items pictured above are works of art.

  11. Ady Shapira

    3/9/2013 at 4:25 am

    Hi froylein,
    I seen this post like a year ago and I must say that you had a strong premonitions feeling.
    Rosenthal actually started manufacturing the porcelain bags!!!
    My name is Ady and I’m the ceramist that made the pieces you shared here. So I’m just writing to let you know.
    All the best

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