Born: 1958 Bloemfontein, South Africa. Israeli resident since 1976.
1981 Tel Aviv University, BA in Speech Therapy; 1980-86 Ceramics with private teachers
2010 Vortex, Poggenpohl, Herzlia Pituah; 2009 The Nursery, Periscope Contemporary Design Gallery, Tel Aviv; 2009 Gestures in Clay, Geological Museum, Ramat Hasharon; 2008 Scratching the Surface, Michael Commerford Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2008 Mashik, Poggenpohl, Herzlia Pituah; 2004 Between Black and White, Toot, Ramat Hasharon; 2001 Contours, Shlush Shloshim Gallery, Tel Aviv
Group Exhibitions Abroad:
2012 From the Melting Pot into the Fire, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, USA; 2010 From the Melting Pot into the Fire, Belger Art Foundation, Kansas City, USA; 2010 Craftboston, Boston,USA – sponsored by AIDA; 2010 From the Melting Pot into the Fire, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada; 2009 Art Sydney, Art2Muse, Sydney, Australia; 2009 Shared Perspective, Barn Gallery, Lenox MA, USA; 2009 From the Melting Pot into the Fire, Mint Museum, Charlotte NC, USA; 2006 Encre Terre et Matieres, Musee Provincial des Arts Anciens, Namur, Belgium; 2006 Israeli Contemporary Applied Arts, Ben Uri Gallery, London; 2003 Innovation & Influences, Exhibited with AIDA at SOFA, Chicago
Group Exhibitions in Israel:
2011 Techno.Logical Implements, 6th Ceramics Biennale, Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv; 2011Periscoptiva, Artists House, Tel Aviv; 2010 Vase Now, Artists House, Tel Aviv; 2008 Clay Sensation, 5th Ceramics Biennale, Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv; 2007 Shelf Life, Hankin Design Gallery, Holon; 2006 Territory and Identity, 4th Ceramics Biennale, Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv; 2006 Sahaf, Beit Kahana Museum, Ramat Gan; 2006 Goblet, The Gallery, Shoeva; 2005 Tribute to Palestinian Pottery, Ein Harod Museum of Art; 2005 In the Circle, Ra'anana Municipal Gallery; 2004 Design Art Design, 3rd Ceramics Biennale, Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv; 2003 Alix de Rothschild Foundation Prize 2001, Beit Kahana Museum, Ramat Gan; 2002 Mediterranean, Wadi Nis Nas, Haifa, (Joint project with Ronit Zor); 2002 Status: White, Hankin Design Gallery, Holon; 2001 Anything but a Vessel, Photography Museum, Tel Hai; 2001 Windows of Ceramic Art, Ramat Aviv; 2001 Constructive Paradigms, Artists House, Jerusalem
Awards and Honors:
2012 Maud Friedland Prize for my work and contribution to ceramics; 2007 Artist residency Watershed Ceramic Art Center, Maine, USA from AIDA; 2005 Guest of Designer Crafts Foundation, London, England; 2001 Alix de Rothschild Foundation Prize for Ceramic Sculpture
Marcelle is the founder, trustee and director of the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center in Tel Aviv. Marcelle received an AIDA fellowship to Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.
"Using the wheel as a tool, many of my works begin as vessels, as works that wrap space in clay. The thin layer of clay contains the interior space and at the same
time defines the outside. It creates a space that is suspended between
containment and emptiness. The inspiration for my work comes from the natural environment around my studio in Kochav Yair, as well as images from my South African childhood. The wheel-thrown objects are deliberately altered while the clay is still soft, reinterpreting traditional notions of symmetry and balance while relating to shape and volume."