Zemer Peled’s work examines the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Her sculptural language is formed by her surrounding landscapes and nature, engaging with themes of nature and memories, identity and place. Her works are formed of ceramic shards, constructed into sculptures and installations. Using the slab roller Peled make sheets of clay, which are fired, and then smashed into pieces with a hammer. The contrast between soft and solid material, the way the texture and the form can look airy, delicate, light and fluffy and to give a sense of flutter, as if one’s breath might break it. Yet the hard and sharp shards can be seen as round and moving, and give a sense of softness. Her current body of work is inspired by the historically important era in ceramic history, the Blue and White Porcelain Wares, in particular, the Blue and White floral and landscape designs painted on Japanese Igezara Wares. Peled’s series of contemporary sculptures are made out of thousands of porcelain shards, coloured with blue cobalt, which are then restructured into anthropomorphic and zoomorphic sculptural forms.
Peled was born and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. After completing aBA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem she graduated with an MA (Hons) in Ceramics & Glass from the Royal College of Art, when she was awarded the Clore Foundation Award. In recent years her work has featured at Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery, London, Eretz, and The Museum Tel Aviv, Israel and the Orangerie du Senate, Paris among others. She is currently a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana.