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When I first begin to work on a commission, the most important question to be answered is "how do I incorporate artistic vision into a design that boldly demonstrates what it is I'm thinking about, and simultaneously also satisfies the desires and requirements of the client?" By listening carefully to the client, each piece becomes a one-of-a-kind artwork that is more expressive than a merely functional piece.  I believe the examples on this page are all valued as much by their owners as they are by me.

Rabbi Jacobson Memorial Torah Crown
Gold & Rhodium Plate over Brass, with Jewels
15" x 9" x 9"    1990

The crown is six-sided, with each side shaped like the Tree of Life. The 12 jewels suspended from the upper "leaves" represent the 12 tribes.

    The Illuminated Path

    Wood, Plexiglas and Electronics
    57.5" x 23" x 10
"    1989
Canton JCC Mezuzah
Walnut, Brass & Paper
8" x 3-1/2" x 1-1/4"
The Illuminated Path is an Eternal Light commissioned by a local Synagogue. Inside the wood cradle (whose shape reflects the ark) is a plexiglas box which in turn holds acrylic hemispheres, one for each of the 613 mitzvot. Each mitzvah is written in color across the face of a hemisphere, and when the light from the fixture above the cradle enters the box, it refracts and bounces from hemisphere to hemisphere in a blaze of color.

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