We had the good fortune of connecting with Judith (Yehudit) Amiel-Bendheim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judith (Yehudit), we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Two of my major passions are ceramics and cooking. One day I thought how great it would be to serve the food I prepare in my own ceramic creations. When family members and friends joined us for dinner and started requesting my ceramic pieces, it was not only a big compliment….it was also a great way for me to give part of myself to others. Every time I create a functional piece, a plate, cup or bowl, I imagine who will hold it, who will eat from it, and the emotional connection created.
This connection between me and others through my ceramics is important and deeply satisfying.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is creating functional ceramic pieces and custom jewelry. I sell them in different art festivals and in stores, including the gift store at Phoenix Art Museum, Practical Arts, Made, Phoenix General, Noons and Objects in Scottsdale.
Coming from a different culture ,(I was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel and having a background as a pharmacist for over 20 years), provides to me a different perspective on art.
My work is minimalistic and functional. I strive for a clean, serene, aesthetic appearance in my creations. Foe me, less is more.
Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the Arizona desert. It is very unique, but at the same time reminds me of the desert in the south of Israel. My husband and I always love to drive with friends to Apachi Junction and visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum;
We admire all the different plants, cacti and succulents.
After a hike, we enjoy a homemade picnic lunch we made.
Not to neglect Sedonna / Oakcreek, Jerome and the Grand Canyon.
Given that I have a week to showcase Arizona and the Southwest, additional sites would be Canyon de Chelly; Bryce, Zion and Arches in Utah, Mesa Verde and the San Juan Mountains in Colorado; Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico.
In Phoenix, the Botanical Gardens, the Heard Museum, the Art Museum and Taliesen West are must see. Among my favorite restaurants are Restaurant Progress, Ocotillo, The Parlor, and of course, all the local Mexican small places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All the friends and family, especially my husband, who encourages me non-stop to keep doing what I love. The loyal customers who always come back , asking for a new pieces. The stores where my pieces are, including the gift store at Phoenix Art Museum, Practical Arts, Phoenix General. A very special thanks is to Made Art Boutiques who was the first to have my pieces there.
Another one is Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix, where I always go to fine a new good book to read.
Facebook: “Judith (Yehudit) Amiel-Bendheim” or “ceramics by Judith”
Debby Wolvos, Judith Amiel-Bendheim