Artifactory is a hot glass studio specializing in glassblowing and sand casting. The studio was founded by Artist and designer Einav Mekori, in aim to assist in promoting the craft of hot glass in israel, to create a workspace that will enable her and other glass artists create their original work, and to establish a research and development center for innovative hot glass techniques.
Einav began her studies at the Bezalel academy of art and design, Jerusalem, Israel, where she was first introduced to the medium of hot glass. She continued her studies at the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of her studies there, she was granted a 3-year artist residency at the fine craft studio of Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
During her residency at Harbourfront Centre, she developed a body of work, displayed her work in galleries and art shows in North America and Europe, received grants and awards, worked in collaboration with leading artists of various media and disciplines and gained a rich experience in her profession.
At the end of her 3-year term at Harbourfront Centre, Einav returned to Israel and joined the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design as a lecturer in the glass department. In parallel, she began building the Artifactory studio.
Artifactory studio is one of the 3 hot glass studios operating in Israel. It was founded in 2011 and is located in Regavim, (neighboring with the town of Binyamina). The studio is furnished with state of the art and user friendly equipment, designed to support all stages and processes of the various hot glass techniques. Artifactory Studio produces unique glass objects designed by the studio staff as well as delivering custom-ordered glass projects in collaboration with architects and interior designers.
In addition, the studio offers the general public glass blowing and sand casting workshops in a variety of formats and skill levels. Special, pre-coordinated, demonstration days, children’s activities and group field days are also offered.