Prof. Einat Leader | Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Prof. Einat Leader

Prof. Einat Leader, Born in Jerusalem (1966), a jeweller, lecturer, researcher and curator in the field of metalwork, design and craft. A graduate of the Jewelry department, Bezalel (B.A. 1992) and a masters degree in industrial design from the Technion, Haifa (M.Sc. 2003). Associate Professor and faculty member at the department of Jewelry and Fashion (department head, 2005-2013) and in the department of Visual and Material Culture at Bezalel. 

Her works have been exhibited among others at the The Ramat Gan Museum / Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv / Artists‘ Studios, Tel Aviv / Periscope Gallery, Tel Aviv /  Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv / The Design Museum, Holon / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Tel Aviv City Museum / Magnes Museum, UC Berkeley / Fundación COAM, Madrid / Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires / Jewellery Museum, Pforzheim / Mingei Museum, San Diego / Institut National des Metiers d’Art, Paris / Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, Munich / Jüdisches Museum, Hohenems / Froots Gallery, Shanghai / SMAC, Chemnitz / South Karelia Museum,  Lappeenranta, / Jüdisches Museum, Hohenems / DIVA, Antwerp / The Silberwarenmuseum Ott-Pausersche Fabrik, Schwäbisch Gmünd.

About her works - publications lately: “70 Years of Craft and Design in Israel”, Smadar Samson, Mingei Museum, 2018 /  “All About Tel Aviv - Jaffa Die Erfindung einer Stadt”, Hannes Sulzenbacher and Hanno Loewy, Jüdisches Museum, Hohenems, 2019 / “Contemporary Crafts in Israel”, Efrat Dgani, Eitav, 2019 / “Jewelers Speak Out”, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Metalsmith Magazine, 2019 / “Jewellery: Creating a Practice of Meaning through Gesture”, Aya Bentur, Journal of Jewellery Research, 2020 / KORU7, International Contemporary Jewellery triennial 2021 / 20th International Silver Triennial, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2022 / “Craft and Leisure”, Tel-Aviv City museum. Curator: Galit Gaon, 2023.

Prizes and grants, among others: The Meisler Design, the Greiber Prize - Bezalel Academy Jerusalem 1990-91 / The Spertus Museum honorable mention, Chicago 1993 / The Deans summa cum laude Karplus prize, the Technion, Haifa, 2003 / Grants of the Rabinovich Foundation for solo and duo exhibitions, Tel Aviv 2003, 2009, 2015 / The Design Award, Culture Ministry of Israel  2010 / Alix de Rothschild Foundation honorable mention for craft work, Tel Aviv, 2012 / Mifal Hapais Scholarship for artist book, with David Goss, Tel Aviv, 2017.

Writings and publications by Einat Leader, Lately: “The Angels of Craft - Craft as a Cultural Vocation”, Israel - 70 Years of Craft & Design, The Mingei Museum. Editor and curator: Smadar Samson,  California, 2018 / “Term of Adornment”, text for the exhibition Utopian Fantasists. (Curators: Shachar Cohen, Einat Leader(, Published on Beit Binyamini online, 2022 / “The Status of the Craft: A Local Historical Perspective on Attempts to Regulate and Promote the Arts and Crafts”, Decade Book of The Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv.  Editor: Shlomit Bauman 2022 / “Mehahar”, with Vered Kaminski, curatorial text for the exhibition Sagsoget - the Bezalel academy’s Jewelry, at the Design museum - Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. (curators : Vered Kaminski, Einat Leader) 2023.

2018 Tension series, Brooch 18k gold, hair mm 1 * 26 * 2 Photo: Liat Elbling