About Mila

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Mila has over thirty years’ experience of designing and making Judaica and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Judaica Silversmiths. Her work has been exhibited widely in Britain and the US, with a number of museums buying work for their permanent collections.

Most of Mila’s work is bought by synagogues and Jewish households for ritual use. Her philosophy is to design Judaica using contemporary references without detracting from the ritual functions or rules regarding the manufacture of the piece.

Mila's work covers a range of personal Judaica and jewellery, public sculptural pieces and synagogue ritual silverware. Mila draws heavily on abstraction of traditional symbols for her contemporary style and combines her own family experiences on smaller personal items.

Mila also produces secular work including trophies and tableware, as well as high-end corporate gifts and awards.

Mila is a Freeman of the City of London, Goldsmiths' and one of the founders and trustee of Cockpit Arts (Holborn).

Exhibitions

2020

Jewish Life: Past and Present – Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany.

2019

The Guiding Hand – Temple Emanu-El, New York, USA.

2017-2018

Living with Gods – The British Museum, London, UK.

2009

Reinventing Ritual – Jewish Museum, New York, USA. (Touring USA & Israel)

2002

The Judith Altman Memorial Competition Exhibition – Temple Judea Museum, Philadelphia, USA.

2002

Under the Chuppah – Kansas City Jewish Museum, Kansas City, Kansas.

2000-2004

Living in the Moment – Hebrew Union College, New York, USA.

2000

Treasures of the 20th Century – Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, UK.

2000

Judaica 2000 – The Jewish Museum, London, UK.

1997

Table Top – Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesbrough, UK

1997

Masters of Ceremony – William Berman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  

1996

Living Silver – Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

1996

The Napkin Ring Collection – Goldsmiths' Hall, London, UK.

1996

New Silver – House of Garrard, London, UK.

1996

Living Silver – Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. UK & USA.

1995

Art in the Congregation – Belsize Square Synagogue, London, UK.

1994

Contemporary Crafts – Julius Gottlieb Gallery, Carmel College, Oxford, UK.

1993-1997

Heaven on Earth – Goldman Gallery, Washington, USA.

1993

Festive Table – Model House, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

1992-1996

Decorative Arts Today – Bonhams, London, UK.

1992

Of Metal & Glass – Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire, UK.

1991

The Leonardo Link – Julius Gottlieb Gallery, Carmel College, Oxford, UK.

1990-1991

Contemporary Jewish Ceremonial Work – Flagler Museum, Palm
Beach, Miami, Florida, USA.

1990

Contemporary Charity Box – Christies of London.

1983

Young Blood – Barbican, London, UK.

Publications

  • 'Far Above Rubies', JewThink, 2020
  • 'Mila’s designs in Berlin exhibition is a tribute to family murdered in Holocaust', Jewish Telegraph, 2020
  • 'Judaica from British silversmith goes on display at Berlin Jewish exhibit', Jewish News, 2020
  • Living with Gods: people, places and worlds beyond (Exhibition publication), British Museum, London, 2018 
  • 'Judaica first for British Museum', The Jewish Chronicle, London, 2018
  • 'Feminist Intervention: Five Objects from the Jewish Museum Collection', Medium, 2016
  • Jewelry: a page a day calendar, Workman NY, 2015
  • Cycles of Life: Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection,  Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2014
  • I Love Those Earrings, Schiffer Books, PA, 2013
  • 500 Judaica, Lark Crafts, NY, 2010
  • The Jewish Museum Calendar 2010-2011, NY, 2010
  • The Jewish Museum Calendar 2009-2010, NY, 2009
  • Reinventing Ritual, Jewish Museum, NY, 2009
  • Treasures of Today (Catalogue), Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 2008
  • 'Silver Studies', The Journal of the Silver Society, No. 21, London, 2006
  • Treasures of Jewish Heritage, Jewish Museum, London, 2006
  • Hebrew Union College Calendar 2004-2005, NY, 2004
  • Treasures of the 20th Century (Exhibition publication), Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 2000
  • Judaica 2000, Jewish Museum, London, 2000
  • New British Design, Mitchell Beazley, London, 1998 

Museum Collections

As well as being exhibited across the world, Mila's work is part of the permanent collections of many museums:

  • The British Museum, London — Yarhzeit candle holder and Kiddush set.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London — Mezzuzah.
  • The Barr Foundation (private judaica collection) — Yad.
  • Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY, USA — Mezzuzah and Etrog Box.
  • Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA — Havdallah Set.
  • Goldsmiths Hall, Silver collection — Napkin Ring/Egg Cup.
  • Jewish Museum, London — Etrog Box.
  • Jewish Museum, New York USA — 4 Marriage Rings.
  • Temple Judea Museum, Philadelphia, USA — Holocaust Memorial, Children's Tzedakah Box, Commemorative Mezzuzah & Torah Shield.

Synagogue Collections

Mila has made many pieces for synagogues all over the globe, some of which are part of the daily ritual use and form part of their silverware collection. Some notable commissions include:

  • West London Synagogue for British Jews, London — Rimmonim, Shield, Torah Crown and commemorative Mezzuzot for the 175th anniversary of the synagogue.
  • Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St. John's Wood, London — 2 sets of Rimmonim & 2 Yad.
  • Hertsmere Synagogue (Clore Shalom), Elstree & Borehamwood, England — 3 sets of Rimmonim, Ner Tamid, Channukah Lamp and Yad.
  • Westminster Synagogue, Knightsbridge, London — Rimmonim.
  • South London Liberal Synagogue, London — Rimmonim and Tree of Life.
  • Belsize Square Synagogue, London — 3 sets of Rimmonim, 2 Torah Shields and Bimah Furniture.
  • North West Surrey Synagogue, Weybridge — Rimmonim.
  • St. Albans Masorti Synagogue, St. Albans — Rimmonim and Yad.
  • Liberal Jewish Congregation ‘Bet Shalem’, Munich, Germany — Rimmonim, Torah Shield and Havdallah Set.
  • Finchley Progressive Synagogue, London — Rimmonim.
  • Bet Klal Yisrael, London — Rimmonim.
  • Southgate and District Reform Synagogue, London — Rimmonim, Shield and Ner Tamid.
  • Stanmore United Synagogue, London — 2 sets of rimmonim, 3 Shields, 3 Yad, silver Torah set and bespoke Stanmore Synagogue Tallit clips.
  • North West Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London — Torah Crown.
  • Northwood and Pinner Synagogue, London — Ark Doors and two Ner Tamid.
  • Cardiff New Synagogue, Cardiff, Wales — Torah Shield.
  • Edgware and District Reform Synagogue, London — Tree of Life.
  • Radlett United Synagogue — Rimmonim, Shield and Yad.
  • Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue — Yad.
  • Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Long Ditton, Surrey — Tree of life 

Awards

  • Winner of the 2014/2015 Judaica 21 Award. Mila's winning piece was a Kiddush cup based on the biblical quote that 'a woman's worth is far above rubies’.
  • Part of the winning team for the design of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue’s sanctuary.


© Mila Tanya Griebel 2019