From early childhood, ceramic artist Uriel Caspi (b. 1994; Haifa, Israel) has been fascinated with clay. Working with clay to articulate thoughts and feelings, the artist has developed unique working methods and his own visual vocabulary to explore and expand the spectrum of vessel-body-sculpture. Caspi's investigations in clay allow him to manipulate traditional forms into 'embodied objects', guiding him towards morphological and material research into interior/exterior, color/shape, and light/shadow.
Originally from the Middle East, Caspi cites archaeological remnants as key conceptual cornerstones in his work. Relics from antiquity turn are subject to the artist's contemporary interpretations, and collide with multicultural references from across the globe. This amalgam of influences allows the artist to perform a sort of inner excavation, revealing narratives, memories, and personal sentiments that compose the iconography of his art.
Uriel Caspi has presented work at exhibitions in the United States and beyond. The artist has presented works at the Mino Ceramic Art Museum in Mino, Japan; the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel; The New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Faenza International Museum of Ceramics, Italy; and at Sculpture Space and Field Projects in New York City. Caspi received the Hecht Foundation Award for Emerging Artist in 2019, the Artis Foundation Grant in 2023, and was artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Montana; at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; and at the European Ceramic Work Center, the Netherlands. The artist received a BFA in Ceramics from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, in 2018, and an MFA in Ceramic Art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York in 2021. Caspi was born in Haifa, Israel.