Yaffa local and third generation Palestinian ceramicist Nur Minawi creates exquisite yet functional stoneware that melds traditional form with modern design. The first in his family to branch off and open his own studio, Nur's work is a testament to the resilience and survival of this ancestral craft.
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My name is Nur Minawi. I was born in 1988 to a large Jaffa family, with historical roots in the city and a strong sense of belonging to its cultural, Arab and cosmopolitan heritage.
Pottery is a natural craft in the environment in which I grew up, with some of my family members in the past and present engaged and still engaging in the field. Maybe that’s why I hesitated for years to specialize in the field, leaving pottery as a hobby. In 2011 my dad, a well-known local potter, broke his arm and I was asked to help him complete a job he started.
Since then there has been a sharp turn in my life, when it became clear to me while working that pottery is not only a way of creating, but also, and perhaps most importantly, a worldview and artistic expression, allowing different and distinct forms and ways of life to be expressed. My works are minimal in the sense that the shapes and colors I choose accompany the people among them, blending in with the pace of time they choose to live by.
My works include, for example, a cup of tea that washes away the morning sleep, and softens the evening walk to bed, for meetings of grief and joy.