Yael was born and raised in Italy in a visually abundant environment that shaped her love for composition, aesthetics, and visual arts. She received her BA in Graphic Design from the European Institute of Design in Rome, and her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Her multidisciplinary background informs her current ceramic artwork; in 2021 she received the Multicultural Fellowship Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).
Yael creates functional ceramic work with bold and stylized surface designs that focuses on optical and geometrical illusions, patterns and tessellations. She uses lines and curves to distort and add dynamism to the surface, and uses seams and negative spaces to create contrast and tension within a form. The surface patterns reliefs add a tactile experience when the work is held, touched, and used. She is excited to continue to fire her ceramic work in both atmospheric and electric kilns, and to advance her explorations surrounding the synergy of forms, surface design, and materials research.