"My practice as a metalsmith centers on the making of engaging vessels and containers that investigate movement, colour and tactility. Each object communicates through its sensory qualities and invites the observer to pick it up and look closely before revealing its function. I am interested in the interplay within objects and the dialogue between the viewer and the work."
For Adi Toch, vessels and containers are an innate method of communication. Not only do they surround us in our daily lives, they shape our perception of the division between inside and out, the notion of moving from one framed space into another. In addition, the practice of making vessels enables her to work both with metal and space as materials, thereby redefining these borders. Beginning with a flat sheet, she forms and fabricates the metal using hammers and tools while her finishing techniques include texturing, colouring and patination.
Through her work, Adi Toch explores the morphological qualities of vessels and the process of embedding these objects with spirit. Her work is contemplative and communicates through its tactile essence - it begs to be picked up, touched and stroked.
Born in Jerusalem in 1979. Adi Toch graduated from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London, with a masters in Art, Design & Visual Culture; following her BA (First Class Honours) from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem.
Her work is exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The UK Crafts Council; The Goldsmiths’ Company, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; National Museums Scotland; the National Museum of Wales and The Jewish Museum, New York. In 2013 she won a gold award from Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council.