Handy Nut
  • I’ve been looking for a way to get in touch with the ceramist behind the Handy Nut for quite some time with no luck, but then… I got an email from Michal Fargo… the lady herself (I’m sure you guessed it by now) and I couldn’t be happier! Immediately I seized the moment and made her take part in my One On One Break ;)
    Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
    BTW, you get a sneak peek at Michal’s graduation project!
    You will also get to see the final creation this summer. Stay tuned.
    You can get in touch with Michal here: kiltbanana {at} gmail {dot} com
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I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
My relationship with the art\design world had never begun, it was always there. There wasn’t any certain point where I said to myself ‘this is it’, it was always clear to me that that is what I will do, It didn’t feel like I had any choice. I think that one of my major decisions had to be going to study at the ceramic design department. I was actually really into fashion and while making my portfolio for Bezalel I came across this material and I just felt for it. I feel my journey is still at it’s beginning. I’m at my final year at the Bezalel academy, and my final project feels to me like the first big step of this journey.
Can you describe your work process for me?
My process is pretty hectic, after deciding on the main concept of the project, I usually go through a number of sleepless nights in which I start researching, develop my idea and usually doing more writing and less sketching. I start model making in an early stage, I prefer doing mock ups over sketching; it gives me more information and gets the process going.
Which materials do you work with?
As you can guess, I’m really into ceramics. Ceramics is one word for many materials, it gives you endless possibilities and being the technology freak that I am, I really have lots of fun with it. I do work with other materials like wood, plastic, metals and so on.
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
Well, the most unusual piece I did is definitely what I’m working on now, my final project. I’m working on sponge structured porcelain bodies. The sponge modeling gives me a chance to create a new esthetic for porcelain and it gives me so much freedom, shape wise.
Can you share a glimpse into your graduation project?
I wish I could ;) My graduation project is in the making. All I can say is that it’s going to be very innovative by it’s tactility and it will be very surprising in its form, especially for porcelain objects. You are invited to come and see it on the next Bezalel graduate exhibition.
  • Sneak Peek | Photo by Mel Bergman
    Sneak Peek | Photo by Mel Bergman
  • Sneak Peek | Photo by Mel Bergman
    Sneak Peek | Photo by Mel Bergman
  • Sneak Peek | Photo by Mel Bergman
What’s next? What is your dream?
my dream is to find a cooperative multidisciplinary studio with a team of designers that will fertilize, teach and inspire each other but will work separately. Other than that I’d like to go on studying and get a master’s degree.
I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from many sources. Sometimes I get my inspiration from the workshop process or the material itself, I’m trying to stretch the limits of it and still make it work. Other times I get it from my wonderful homeboys at studio blitzkrieg.

Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
At the moment I’m taken by Jaime Hayon’s work, his works for Lladró are stunning. Also I’m a big fan of dutch designer Marije Vogelzang. I find her work fun, exciting, experimental and bold. Another one of my favorites is Maarten Baas, his smoke collection is great and his clay furniture collection is just fun. Another one is Hella Jongerius which needs no introduction. I could go on and on, but I guess I’ll finish with a couple local studios, Reddish – Design Studio which I love, it looks like they are having fun and I guess that’s what it’s all about. And another one is fashion designer Elinor Zilberman who’s better known as Evil I, her street wear collection is pretty sweet.
What about some web sites and blogs that you visit regularly?
I check in regularly to Designboom, Dezeen, Core77, MoCo Loco and Slipcast, which is a blog about ceramics.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I ever got was “Anything’s possible”. I know it’s kind of cliché but if someone like Mr. Yehuda Koren says it toe me then it’s a whole different story. Yehuda was teaching the ceramic technology class at Bezalel, he is the most dedicated teacher I had ever had, always willing to help and always smiling.
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
Wax my legs, seriously.
And finally, please do share something random or quirky about yourself!
Well, as the small girl that I am, I have quite the muscles. I won an arm wrestling match against one of my adult male friends, whose name will be kept classified ;) I beat him 2 out of 3 times!