How it’s made

Gimee a ‘Hand’: Creating a Yad with a Bar Mitzvah

What makes a gift meaningful? Is a hand-crafted present that you make yourself more personal than something  produced on a wide-scale? Does the utility of the object make a difference? Yes, and yes! Okay, I’ve got a pretty obvious bias being a craftsperson, but I adamantly believe that objects transcend their mere materiality and become personally meaningful when you understand…

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Wedding Rings Imbued with Care: Working with Ashley

To me, the care and intention behind the creation of an object is what constitutes it’s sacred quality. The personalized articulation of patterns and textures from hand-made pieces make them that much more tangible and impacting as gifts created out of a very human love and compassion. These sentiments are what brought Ashley Teague, a previous student of mine from…

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6 Steps to Commissioning Original, Custom Artworks? for your Home or Public Space from Aimee Golant

To my dear clients–  commissioned work is different than a previously created piece in so many ways. A commissioned piece is a creative partnership between the artist and the client. And, since this process is creative, original, dynamic and involves more in-depth discussions. The costs are greater, but then so is the value. Bear in mind, that what is created…

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Thanks to you, the real work begins!

Dear People, There has been a great shift in my work and in my life.  Here is what has been happening–  On November 15th, wIth less than 72 hours left on my Kickstarter Campaign I miraculouly received this email from the Dalai Lama’s assistant:                       At that point we still…

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Creating the first draft crowns

Hello Everybody, Last week I began making cardboard mock-ups of the Torah Crown you all helped fund on the Kickstarter.  Here are some pictures of the process:                                                               Initial sketch…

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Pope Francis Sends his Prayers and Blessings for Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness

Hello Everybody, After the His Holiness Dalai Lama endorsed the artwork, I had the courage to send the proposal– Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness to His Holiness Pope Francis.  Today I received a letter on his behalf saying that, “He appreciates the devoted sentiments which prompted this throughtful presentation.” and “The Holy Father gives the assurance…

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Creating the Crown

Hello everyone, I’ve been so grateful to have the privilege to make this amazing piece of art– that will bring more understanding and compassion to the world!  This BLOG post is all about the process of making the art.  So expect lots of pictures.  Last I updated you, the paper mock ups fit on the Torah and I had ordered the…

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Sharing the Teaching of the Mezuzah

Last Sunday, when I was in my neighborhood– the Oceanview District of San Francisco– walking my dog Zev, I passed the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church– which had just finished a service.  I could tell because lots of upbeat people were coming out of the church and jovially socializing. Now– David, Kaleb and I had attended a church service there about two years…

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Shin Torah Crown – Progress is good!

Hi Everybody, After an almost two month break, I got back to work on the Shin Torah Crown.  It took a few days, and at some points two torches, but I managed to get those suckers soldered!  This four part hollow form is one of the most technically challenging pieces I’ve ever made.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  Here’s…

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