As I walked around Anat’s house I began to understand where her train of creativity originated. Each elegant piece has a hint of Etruscan, African, and Japanese design, but it also includes Anat’s own special training and touches.
Anat graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 1984 with a B.A. after completing her studies of ancient techniques, like Mokumae and inlay, at the Middlesex Polytechnic Academy in London. A few years later she opened her own private studio in Israel. Her first years as a jewelry designer she describes as being “more heavy divided by influences of different cultures.” She was and still is “inspired by African techniques and spirit.” Although she still will do her more classic designs when a client requests it, her current work is “light”-in consideration to weight and style.
Anat deals mainly with 22 Karat gold and precious stones. This permits her to achieve the ancient and rough influences. She thinks about the stones while she considers her designs. Each stone is selected when they are raw materials and she has a professional cane or polish the stones. She captures the ancient motifs that people are no longer creating today and updates them to contain more of a modern mode. She is moved by organic shapes, architectural images, and nature. She considers herself changing with time and spends a portion of time making an effort to constantly research and study new techniques. Anat travels all over the world to meet people and to learn new skills. She produces all of the work herself by hand, wanting no assistance from additional workers. This desire to construct everything by her own hands “emphasizes the values of primitive hand-made work.” This also allows her to pay close attention to the surface and texture details concerning each piece.
Anat’s attention to detail and graceful designs have earned her a spot among many selective exhibits, galleries, and even awards. To name a few: her work was displayed at the SOFA Chicago fair in 1999; she was chosen “as the first and only jewelry studio to appear in a “Marie Claire” magazine article on architecture and design” in 2000; in 2000 she was selected to represent Israel as one of the seventy-two finalists from seventeen countries selected to be in the 1st International Tahitian Pearl Trophy competition. Soon she will be participating in a special exhibition during Paris’s fashion week.
Her new collection is leaf work with some stones. These pieces feel weightless and are stunning. She generates the transition of dark to light color through the use of semi precious stones. Anat has also taken on a new adventure dealing with felt. She creates from one solid piece of sheep’s wool felt purses and then adds embellishments, like her handcrafted metal details, Swarovski crystals, and semi precious stones. Through the creation of her colors in the wool that she mixes she establishes a complete look.
While Anat does advertise a little, she mainly sells by word of mouth. Her private customers have known her work for years and have followed her through all of her collections. The price range for her pieces is from 4,000 NIS to 15,000 NIS. If interested in viewing her spectacular work please call 03-6959603 or 054-2288990 to make an appointment.
You can also see of her designs on her website.