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Zemer Peled, 2013–2014 Taunt Fellow

Andrew GilliattBorn and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel, Zemer Peled’s work explores her specific reading of nature. She creates forms that are nostalgic for and reminiscent of shattered, dense landscapes both real and imagined. Her mutating, figure-like creatures are hybrid visions of land, physical matter and her intuitive process-led approach to making. She used sheets of ceramic material that are smashed into shards and restructured into anthropomorphic sculptural forms. 

Zemer hopes to spend her time at the Bray diving deeper into her artistic enrichment, using the beauty of the landscape as a source of creativity for her work.

In 2012, she received her MA from the Royal College of Art’s ceramics and glass department in London were she was honored with the distinguished “Clore Foundation Award" to study at the Royal College of Art. In 2009, she received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. In recent years her work has been featured in Sotheby’s London, Saatchi Gallery, Eretz Israel Museum Tel Aviv, Orangerie du Senate in Paris amongst others. Beginning this fall, Zemer will be a resident artist at the Bray and the 2013–2014 Taunt Fellow.

“In my work I am interested in the relationship between the outside world of nature and the inside domestic space. Thus the sculptures I make are formed of raw clay, fired clay and ceramic shards. In addition, I am working on a site-specific work exploring the idea of temporary existence of a work of art in relation to a specific place and space. The different quality of materials and process function in my work as a metaphor for ideas and it is a major part in the “journey” of creating each sculpture and installation.”

To see more work of Zemer's visit her website at

Zemer Peled
I am walking in a forest of shards, 2012, ceramics shards, raw clay, metal, wood
size varies

Zemer Peled
part of a series: forest of shards, 2012
ceramics shards, fired clay
(ceramics shards pierced into raw clay then all fired again)
78cm x 33cm x 35cm

Zemer Peled
Untitled, 2013
ceramics shards
36cm x 26cm x 18cm

photo by Eran Turgeman

Zemer Peled
Blade ('The third tree on the left' solo show), 2012
raw clay, metal blade
100 cm x 100 cm