Vintage ISRAEL Vase by HARSA CERAMICS - Signed Nehemiah Azaz
- Vintage item
Israel used to have about twenty ceramics companies, which included Harsa in Beer Sheva. They manufactured sanitary ware but had a Department of Artistic Ceramics, managed by ceramics designer Nehemiah Azaz (1923-2008), for ten years. Azaz joined the company in 1955; he designed all the pottery and formulated and mixed all the glazes himself. He retired in 1960, succeeded by Pnina Zamir Amir, manager for the final five years of the art department, while Azaz went on to gain fame as a sculptor.
This vase is made of white vitreous clay, glazed with matte cobalt blue, olive green and brown on the exterior and a glossy white on the inside. The foot is dry and is hand signed in blue HANDCRAFTED HARSA ISRAEL and עָזַז which is Hebrew for Azaz. The piece stands about 4 1/4 inches tall, measures 5 1/2 inches across and has an 18 inch circumference around its equator, with a 1 1/2 inch wide mouth. It weighs just over 1 pound and is in excellent condition, with minimal signs of wear and no chips, cracks or other damage.
Harsa ceramics are original, highly admired and avidly collected, making this a wonderful find.