Arie Ofir


Ein Hod, Israel

Arie Ofir is an award winning metal artist whose works are in some of the most famous museums in the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Israel Museum. He headed the Silver and Goldsmithing Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts for seventeen years. He began his career as anĀ  apprentice to David Gumbel at Bezalel and then worked with Georg Jensen in Copenhagen Denmark. He makes unique, one of a kind, handmade works mostly in sterling silver and has designed several studio lines of mezuzahs. The works are handmade and produced in a limited edition.

Arie Ofir has retired as a metal artist and now works exclusively on design projects.

"Jewish ceremonial art is the most effective medium for spreading a facet of culture in Israel. Every home, whether religiously observant or secular, has Sabbath candlesticks or a Chanukah lamp. Few of the owners of such items are art collectors or artists, yet most of them are keen on their beauty. It is the designer's role to introduce them to new attitudes regarding form, proportion, harmony and textures".