4th year studio | Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

4th year studio

Total Hours
Semester A
Course Day
Time 9:00 - 13:00
Industrial Design (B.DES.)


The course will focus on the idea of Rotational within the context of contemporary



Rotation comes into play in various ways when contemplating the relevance and

possibilities proposed by making today. To begin with, it must be pointed out that

rotational movement has been integral to craft technologies for centuries; wood and

marble turning, drilling, centrifugal precious-metals casting, yarn-spinning, pottery

throwing and so forth. Contemporary attitudes at times manipulate these traditional

making technologies, replacing materials, upgrading driving forces, rethinking

outcomes and integrating digital tools in the process.


The rotational experience for people is also associated with alternative states of

consciousness often brought-on during the manual tactile action of making things, as

well connected to spiritual and even religious well-being. Repetitive actions taken

while crafting an object create a meditative state, some crafts persons describe being

in what they are making. At the same time religious beliefs drive pilgrims rotationally

around the Kaaba in Mecca or around mt. Kailash in Tibet, Sufi Dervishes whirl,

Jews spin Dreidels - and celebrate the “hag” (Heb: holiday/circumvent) and Buddhist

monks turn prayer wheels.


The passing-down of a craft tradition, like our measurement of time, is rotational with

mother being replaced by daughter, being replaced by mother…while craft, like time,

changes as it travels. In what way does big data, digital fabrication and AI, touch

craft as it comes around again? How is craft passed-on in an age of social media,

accelerated multi-layered communication and information transfer?


A discussion of rotational will inevitably also include an identification of the axis

around which rotation occurs, whether mechanical or conceptual, a relationship will

have been established. Or as any ceramicist will tell you when you sit by the

potters-wheel for the first time: “find your center!”.


The course may be held in collaboration with the CAA - China Academy of Art.