Micki Ravitz

Micki Ravitz studied art at Washington University and started her career as a teaching artist in the Highland Park school system after graduation. Originally focused primarily on oils and watercolors, she soon turned her artistic practice to making porcelain jewelry. Ravitz founded her studio in 1972, where she continues to create her signature pieces out of clay, minerals, and antique beading. Outside of her her studio, Ravitz shows her pieces at craft fairs across the country. 

My inspiration comes from nature. The universe has beauty that no artist can duplicate. Our designs echo the shapes and lyricism of the world around us and are combined with gems, minerals and fossils…One of my cardinal beliefs is that jewelry should make its wearer shine, that it should complement and enhance a woman’s most exquisite natural jewelry: her eye, hair color and skin tones, which are usually the soft and subtle colors of nature.

Micki Ravitz

The Dina Wind Collection

Sold to benefit the Dina Wind Art Foundation

Dina Wind was a global citizen and artist. Born and raised in Israel, she moved to the United States in 1963 with her husband Jerry, settling in Philadelphia. There she raised her family while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation, and with Philadelphia artists Sam Feinstein, Tom Gaughan, and Leon Sitarchuk. Simultaneously, she began her own studio art practice, first in painting and then welded metal sculpture. She became best known as a fearless lady welder at a time when this was quite unusual. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academyof Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, WestCollection, Tel Aviv Museum and more.

Dina Wind, Untitled (Coral Diving), 1970
Dina welding in her studio, 1986

Dina Wind, Spring & Triangle, 2016 at the Woodmere Museum

She was a passionate advocate for the arts, sitting on many boards and believing in the “Power of Art” to help improve individuallives and society at large. With Jerry, Dina traveled the world, studying, appreciating,and collecting art and jewelry everywhere they went. Her personal style was always an extension of her creative spirit, and she wore her jewelry with confidence, mixing bold abstract pieces with family heirlooms. 

Dina passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer, still young and vibrant at 76. In her memory, her family has created The DinaWind Art Foundation to continue her philanthropy and expand her artistic legacy.

The Dina Wind Art Foundation supports living artists and arts education, sharing the rich story of artist Dina Wind, ensuring her legacy, and promoting her art to inform and impact artists. As a female champion in a predominantly male world, she was an early advocate of creating work withan environmental message and was an outspoken supporter of social justice. The Dina Wind Art Foundation is inspiring tomorrow’s generation of art lovers and practitioners who are committed to making a difference