When walking up David Shuv Street into Rosh Pina’s Historic Town, it is impossible not to notice the behemoth wind chime perched in a colossal eucalyptus tree. This marks the entrance of the store, workshop, and artist-in-residence quarters of The Jerusalem Chimes. Started in, 1993, this studio was the first in Rosh Pina and is still the only of its kind in Israel. The shop specializes in wind chimes, but it also has a variety of other wooden wind dancers, including ornamental stars of David, wooden ducks, messengers of universal love and peace in the form of candle holders, and a pendulum crafted to create sand-etchings. In his neighboring studio, artist and owner, Offer Rubin, is hard at work hand-making each item. ‘Each wind chime is tuned to a scale.’ He explains. He crafts his wind chimes to serve various functions. The one on the G scale helps a restless sleeper; while the G sharp soothes a troubled mind. Rubin offers internships to fellow wood-workers.
19 David Shuv, Rosh Pina, Israel, +972 4 693 0867
In the midst of Rosh Pina’s Historic Town, located behind the HaBaron Garden is Inbar’s Pottery Gallery, where artist and owner Inbar Raski has catered to the aesthetically and functionally minded for 16 years. Her gallery hosts an array of ceramics: plates, personalized mugs, dishware and bird-shaped Hanukkiah, to name a few. Everything in the gallery is made and painted by hand before roasting in a kiln. Raski also offers classes to both adults and children. The classes are held in groups and last for two to three hours. Pupils are given freedom to express themselves on the potter’s wheel, with paints, and in clay. Best of all, two weeks after the course, Raski ships the finalized piece to its creator.
Professor Mer House, Rosh Pina, Israel, +972 4 3406218
By Amber Freeman
Amber Freeman is a 24-year-old artist who enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, learning, dancing, and all the strange but beautiful combinations there within. She is from Florida, US, but is currently traveling around the world in search of a perfectly ripe avocado.