In the studio with: Ronen Kimmel Stained Glass Artist (Haaretz, October 2009)
Ronen Kimmel embraces a new gallery for art and stained glass design in Moshav Nir Israel. In the gallery he presents his interpretation of ancient art in the creation of lighting fixtures that combine glass and ceramics, as well as between matter and spirit.
More than a decade ago, I worked at Globus as an advertising consultant for two years. I studied Shiatsu and Aromatherapy, and I also learned color healing and pottery. I developed in the field of stained glass art as an autodidact and thus to the sea.
I came to the stained-glass window following a request from the labor office that sent me to work in a studio that produced stained glass windows. I was attracted to the clarity of the glass and the color. The stained glass has a significant influence on the space in which it is found. It sheds colorful light and creates a special atmosphere.
I combine my areas of activity and use the qualities of the color frequency to create a specific intention in the work, that is, harmony, silence, animals and so on. I do this from the perspective of the interaction between color and motion shape and person.
I get inspired around and inside. Sometimes after a client asks me to design a window. I go home doing a kind of meditation and get a picture of the stained glass that suits him.
The development is constant and I constantly invent new techniques and solutions that improve product quality and speed of work. In the last year I got to know the clay I combine with the stained glass.
Over the years I have been teaching, I’ve learned a lot from my students. I get a lot of satisfaction from students’ enthusiasm for their work.
Some customers are attracted to abstract shapes, and some prefer specific examples of flowers. The customer’s choice reflects something of his personality.
Israeli stained glass
Israeli style stained glass is found only in synagogues. In private homes the styles are very varied.