Orna Amrani's jewelry

Israeli artist Orna Amrani designs one-of-a-kind Judaica, selling her pieces at art fairs in Michigan and around the country.

Photos courtesy of Orna Amrani

Over the past 27 years, Judaica artist Orna Amrani has become a staple of Michigan summer art fairs.

Amrani is originally from Haifa, Israel, and attended University of Haifa before serving in the Israeli Air Force. After having lived all over the world with her husband, Ami, the couple and their three children settled in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where Amrani first developed her unique artistic technique for preserving Jewish artifacts.

The technique was invented by Amrani herself, and now, 30 years later, she is still the only one to use it. It involves mixing parchment and clay and then baking the piece at a very high temperature to preserve the document.

Orna Amrani's Torah scroll

Because of the nature of her artwork, Amrani shows her pieces almost exclusively at art shows.

“All my pieces are handmade and unique; they cannot be mass-produced,” she said. “I have shown at galleries here and there, but mostly art shows.”

Amrani has shown at fairs all over the country, including fairs in Chicago, Texas and Ohio, but is starting to slow down and do less traveling. However, she will continue to make her yearly trips to Michigan.

Amrani spends many of her summers in the area doing art shows and has a home in Keego Harbor where she stays during this time.

The artist says she loves showing in Michigan because the Jewish community here is so supportive.

“The Michigan Jewish community is amazing,” Amrani said. “And not just the Jewish community. I love the people here; they are so supportive. My art is hanging in many homes here.”

This summer, Amrani will be showing at multiple art fairs in Michigan including Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats and Eats (Aug. 30-Sept. 2), Birmingham’s Common Ground Art Show (Sept. 14-15) and Ann Arbor’s Summer Art Fair (July 18-21), which she has been attending for more than 25 years.

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