Adi Toch

Biography

‘Vessels and containers are an innate method of communication. They convey a story of gathering, holding, storing – not only do they surround us in our daily lives, they shape our perception of the division between inside and out, the notion of moving from one framed space into another… I explore the morphological qualities of vessels and the process of embedding objects from the domestic landscape with spirit.’ – Adi Toch

 

Adi Toch sensitively explores the vessel form through her expert material of metal; she begins with a flat sheet and fabricates delicate hollow objects using a variety of tools and hammers. She finishes her pieces through a labour-intensive process of hand texturing and patination, creating intricate surface marks akin to calligraphic patterns. Internal compositional contrasts occur regularly in her work.

 

Adi treats the interior space of her vessels in different ways, to engage us in the diverse sensory qualities of the material. In some instances, she polishes it to a highly reflective surface and invites us to contemplate and immerse ourselves in the captured environment contained in the object. On other occasions, precious gemstones are placed inside the vessel; when we take it in our hands they gently roll inside and, in this movement, they seem to whisper to us. In this simple gesture, Adi captures the lyrical musicality of the metal.

 

Toch received her MA in Art, Design & Visual Culture from The Cass, London after graduating from her Metalwork BA at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Her work is exhibited internationally and has won prestigious awards including a Gold Award from The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council UK and the European Prize for Applied Arts. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize and won a Wallpaper* Design Award. Public collections include The Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; The Crafts Council, UK: The Goldsmiths’ Company, UK; Fitzwilliam Museum, UK; National Museums Scotland, UK; National Museum of Wales, UK; and The Jewish Museum New York, USA. 

Works
  • Adi Toch, & JIM PARTRIDGE. Oak Cast Silver - Experiment II, 2021
    Adi Toch
    & JIM PARTRIDGE. Oak Cast Silver - Experiment II, 2021
    Oak and recycled Britannia silver
    17 H x 32 W x 19 D cm
  • Adi Toch, & JIM PARTRIDGE. Silver Ghost, 2021
    Adi Toch
    & JIM PARTRIDGE. Silver Ghost, 2021
    Oak and recycled Britannia silver
    23 H x 32 W x 34 D cm
  • Adi Toch, Shrouded II, 2020
    Adi Toch
    Shrouded II, 2020
    Patinated brass
    7.5 H x 15 ø cm
    Sold - Available to commission
  • Adi Toch, Shrouded I, 2020
    Adi Toch
    Shrouded I, 2020
    Patinated brass
    10 H x 20 ø cm
  • Adi Toch, Shrouded III, 2020
    Adi Toch
    Shrouded III, 2020
    Patinated brass with gold plated top
    6 H x 12 ø cm
  • Adi Toch, Pooled Reflections (Small), 2020
    Adi Toch
    Pooled Reflections (Small), 2020
    Britannia silver
    5 H x 10 ⌀ cm
  • Adi Toch, Pooled Reflections (Medium), 2020
    Adi Toch
    Pooled Reflections (Medium), 2020
    Sterling silver
    6.5 H x 13 ⌀ cm
  • Adi Toch, Pooled Reflections (Large), 2020
    Adi Toch
    Pooled Reflections (Large), 2020
    Britannia silver
    6 H x 14.5 ⌀ cm
  • Adi Toch, Encircling Vessel, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Encircling Vessel, 2019
    Gold plated Britannia silver and loose smokey quartz
    13.5 H x 8 ø cm
  • Adi Toch, Golden Vessel On Stilts, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Golden Vessel On Stilts, 2019
    Gold plated base metal and stainless steel
    22 H x 10 W x 11 D cm
  • Adi Toch, Golden Vessel On Stilts, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Golden Vessel On Stilts, 2019
    Gold plated base metal, stainless steel
    14.5 H x 13 W x 12 D cm
  • Adi Toch, Satiated Vessel, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Satiated Vessel, 2019
    Britannia silver : 958 UK Hallmark
    10 H x 18.5 ø cm
  • Adi Toch, Bubble Whispering Vessel, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Bubble Whispering Vessel, 2019
    Britannia silver 958 UK Hallmark and loose green amethyst
    7 H x 14 ø cm
  • Adi Toch, Waterdrop Whispering Vessel, 2019
    Adi Toch
    Waterdrop Whispering Vessel, 2019
    Britannia silver 958 UK Hallmark and loose green amethyst
    9 H x 12 ø cm
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