The following pieces are examples of the artists work which will be on display at our next exhibition.
Clementina van der Walt
hand thrown & painted ceramics
Clementina is a one of Cape Town’s most well-known ceramicists, who annually gets invited by Ceramic Art London to exhibit at their prestigious show in Kensington. Her vibrant linear work, irregular in shape, thickness and texture, is organic and soulful. But it is also functional, celebrating the ancient African tradition of embellishing domestic utensils out of respect.
hand-painted glazed ceramic with beads by Ursula Dale
Ursula Dale is the creative force behind Ursh Works Ceramics, a design studio specialising in hand-painted ceramics. In her own words; “we derive a great sense of pleasure, beginning with nothing and observing a beautiful piece of ceramic art emerging”. Her assistants are from the local community with a good grounding in ceramics and pottery. The results are decorative pieces with occasional additional adornment in the form of beads. But the beauty of her work is that it has a functional use as well as an aesthetic appeal, although Ursula does recommend hand-washing.
Diana Ferreira designs slip-cast functional ceramics. Whilst always ensuring a glazed interior, which gives the piece its’ function, a large portion of her work is often left unglazed on the outside, creating a pleasing visual and tactile contrast. In neutral tones of black and white, Diana’s work is thoroughly balanced, clean and modern.
hand-painted glazed ceramic
Dragana Jevtovic was born in Belgrade and moved to Cape Town in 1993. Shunning ready-made commercial products, she mixes her own paint, and every piece is uniquely decorated by free hand. Her acclaimed cobalt Blue Guinea Fowl design, inspired by Dutch and Chinese tradition and interpreted with a vision which owes much to her European heritage, depicts the quaint, indigenous African guinea fowl that abound in the gardens and parks of Cape Town. Her slip cast ceramics are stoneware fired to 1220’C and glazed with lead free transparent glaze, making her products oven proof, and microwave & dishwasher safe.
Born in South Africa in 1980, Karen Kotze graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 2002, before completing a Diploma in Education in 2006. For the last 10 years she has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout South Africa and in 2005 had work selected for the Korean Ceramic Biennale. In her own words, Karen says; “my work is inspired by the great diversity of crafts that is found in South Africa. After working extensively in the areas of weaving and beading my ceramic works became infused with these techniques. Each work explores the inherent pattern and order apparent in traditional craft techniques.”
handbuilt and painted ceramics
Julian’s studio is situated in the small town of Bredasdorp in the heartland of the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. Here, at the southern tip of Africa, Julian and his dedicated team, drawn from the local community, work together to create unique handcrafted and hand-painted ceramic ware which is highly sought after both locally and abroad. The Arniston range is the latest creation by Julian himself, and is chunky in texture, vibrant in colour and unique in shape and design.
Shelley Maisel is a highly acclaimed South African ceramicist who has exhibited extensively throughout the country. Living in the arty community of Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsular, Shelley Maisel constantly explores new shapes and textures to advance her earthy range of organic ceramics. The materials, shapes and decorations of Shelley’s work not only portray her interests, but also reveal subliminal influences. The colour and texture of the clay and the hand-painted edges and circles embody the artistic expression of primitive cultures.
“My inspiration is drawn from many sources. I have always been influenced by African, Aboriginal, Pre-Colombian, Oceanic, American Indian and South American art. I find their use of colour, intricate design, symbols and elements of nature, both beautiful and fascinating. In turn I express my love for clay and colour through my work, using many elements of nature as inspiration.”
Shelley also forms her vessels by using the same clay hand-building techniques favoured by these cultures, namely coiling and pinching.
Hennie Meyer is a highly acclaimed South African ceramicist. From 1993 to the present day, his CV monitors his meteoric rise through the ceramic art world, his prowess being recognised by the countless awards he has received. He is now published in two books and has been awarded a medal at the Fifth World Ceramic Biennale in Korea. He has also been invited to the Ceramic Art London show held at the Royal College of Art for the last five consecutive years. Hennie has a passion for shape and form, and his strong signature style is balanced by intricate decorative detail. His work is completely unique, instantly recognisable and eminently collectable.
wash away porcelain
Sarah was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but moved to the UK when she was nine. She completed her Fine Art Sculpture BA at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2001, and then moved back to the Western Cape. Up until that point her focus had been on sculpture, but on arriving home, her father, the professional potter David Walters, offered to teach her the ‘art’ of throwing. Sarah was hooked. David taught her about the beauty and strength of a functional pot; the capacity that pots have to sit quietly in our everyday lives and add sparkle to the intimate daily rituals that we perform, like drinking tea. Our histories and cultures can be tracked, understood and maybe even defined through the pots and fragments of ceramics that have been left behind. It is a long and incredible lineage of which to be a part, and Sarah is very proud of the fact that she is a third-generation potter. In her work she tries to balance the sculptural and the functional. She treats each piece as an individual, her aim being to tread the line between the organic freshness of form in nature and the elegance of form in function.
Sandy started ceramics in 1997 as a hobby, and did handwork up until four years ago when she started working on the wheel. Since then she has concentrated on form and has worked on perfecting glazing through various laces on the outside of the bowls. Sandy is a member of Ceramic South Africa and has had work accepted on the Gauteng Regional Ceramics Exhibition since 2009, as well as the South African National Exhibition in Franschoek. She was awarded a highly
commended certificate at the Regional Exhibition in 2011 and won the Lionhart Chemicals award for Expression at the Gauteng Regional Exhibition in 2012.
After graduating with a degree in ceramic design in 1998, Heather Mills worked in a pottery in Wales for a year, before returning to SA to set up her studio in Simonstown. Since then she has exhibited widely throughout South Africa, as well as in USA, Australia and Germany. Remaining focused on hand thrown ceramics, her work has been described as, “feminine, whimsical and exquisitely beautiful”. After skilfully throwing on the wheel, she cuts out shapes to leave a delicate filigree of white stoneware clay. She then coats the pieces with a white ceramic medium, and applies the sgraffito technique to create intricate, gentle and ornate carvings on the surface of each vessel. Heather is adamant about quality and integrity in her work and her finely crafted pieces embody her philosophy that earth, water, fire and passion bring life to her creations.
Kendal Warren works in earthenware and stoneware clay, using various hand building techniques. Her inspiration comes from many sources, including textile designs, traditional African prints and various other needlecrafts, such as embroidery, appliqué and quilting.
Kendal has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has received many awards including being the recipient of the Best Piece on Show at the CSA National Exhibition in 2006. Kendal has works in the permanent collection of the Iziko Museum and has had work purchased for numerous corporate and private projects, both in South Africa and overseas. She works and teaches from her studio in Sea Point.
functional hand-thrown ceramics
Sue Weston’s “Storm in a Teacup” has celebrated over 10 years of producing unique handmade ceramics. All their items begin on the potter’s wheel; a technique that reverts back to ancient times. From there, the shapes evolve. It is a journey of experimenting with different clay bodies, form and texture. Recently they developed their own clay body for extra strength, which has a lustrous warmth seeping through the glazes. Designs are often inspired by primitive African ceremonial vessels, but adapted to contemporary living. There is no art for art’s sake; all wares are fully functional and durable. ” It is our purpose to keep our ceramics uncomplicated and timeless” Their pottery is removed from mass production, and a defining purpose – their ceramics are rather a reflection of the natural beauty and vibrancy of South Africa. “Having grown up on a sheep farm in the Eastern Cape, my work is informed by rural landscapes, clear blue skies, succulents and lichen covered rocks which lie in silent elegance of ages gone by, ” says Sue.
hand-painted glazed ceramic
The Potter’s Shop was started in 1986 by Chris Silverston. She then opened the Studio above in 1990, allowing resident artists to develop and experiment on site. It grew so much, they moved from the Studio in Kalk Bay to the Potters Workshop in Muizenburg, and they have recently upgraded again. There are presently seven artists painting in the Workshop and their work is sold through galleries all over South Africa and in USA. Vibrant colour is the signature statement from the Workshop, and, while each artist’s work is individual in style, they are united in their use of bold design and striking visuals.
air dried clay & acrylic figureheads
Dianne was born in Johannesburg in 1953, and grew up in a very creative family where art was a big part of their lives. Drawing and painting was a hobby which gave Dianne great pleasure and continued as a form of relaxation and inspiration during her years of training to be a physiotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand, and during her subsequent working years. When she emigrated to Britain in 1981, and had a few spare minutes inbetween working and being a mother, Dianne began painting in watercolours and finally progressed to oils. She now lives in Maidenhead and paints landscapes and portraits and has recently started working in clay, which she describes as “enormously good fun to create a figure in 3D.” Dianne currently exhibits with two groups at Norden Farm and on the Bucks Open Art Trail.
Michelle makes one off pieces inspired by African Ceramics and European Lace designs.She obtained her Master of Ceramic Design degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2007 and taught studio ceramics. She has exhibited extensively and has work in collections in Denmark, USA and South Africa. She has won ceramic scholarships, grants, residencies and awards as well as contributed as a selector and award judge for the Potters Association of Namibia’s Ceramics Biennale and for Ceramics Southern Africa. Last year she was honored as a Fellow of Ceramics Southern Africa. At the beginning of this year she was represented by Southern Guild at the Design Days Dubai Fair and invited to exhibit at the Miami/Basel premier international art show for Modern and Contemporary work.
Sonja works at her Clay Art studio in Rondebosch, Cape producing 100% handmade tableware in a delicate and whimsical style, which gives each piece its special character. Her designs are applied on each piece, glazed and then fired at stoneware temperature, making the tableware all oven and dishwasher safe. Sonja’s theme is “freedom, sprout and grow” and her signature design is a bird on a wire & fynbos which appear on each item. She currently produces her organically shaped kitchen range in white, aqua and grey skies.
After 17 years of potting in Kreupelbosch, Cape Town, Graham and his wife kim have begun a new life in the Karoo. Having settled in and found a new source of clay Graham is back to creating, with some new shapes and designs. He has been drawn back to his roots of brush decoration and the results are soft and earthy. But as ever his work is practical and functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
glazed & gold-painted porcelain
Tania is essentially an artist who works in clay. Her work stems from a fascination with people.
She works mostly in a buttery porcelain clay and each piece is hand made. She does not use moulds, therefore each sculpture is an original work of art, even though the motifs and themes which characterise her art echo through her collection. Born in Zimbabwe, Tania works and lives in the quaint old garrison town of Chelsea Village in Wynberg, Cape Town. Her work is represented all over South Africa, and the world and is eminently collectable.
Born in South Africa, but qualifying as a teacher in Bulawayo, self-taught artist Erna Dry and her husband John gave up their ‘city slicker’ lifestyle in Pretoria in 1998 and moved to Hermanus in the Cape to develop a dream. They now provide sustainable work for 14 local people with a flair for sophisticated ethnic sculpture.
Exquisite pieces of art are hand made out of slabs rolled from clay made in their own studio. The combination of oxide and glaze brings to life an organic material creating a durable and individual work of art in subtle shades of earthy colors. Each piece is overseen by Erna herself, whose exquisite drawing skills ensure that the original designs and final details are exceptional and unique.
Janice has been producing ceramics since the 1980′s and has held solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. She has always loved to make things. Her work is in many people’s homes all over the world, and her hope is that it brightens up their day! Janice makes functional ware in porcelain. The work is slipcast in moulds and this gives her the smooth surfaces, clean minimalist lines and refinement that she likes. After decorating the work is fired, then glaze is applied and it is fired a second time. Sometimes gold or mother-of-pearl lustre is applied, painstakingly in small amounts after the glaze firing, and in this case the item is fired a third time to harden on the lustre. “I love the texture of unglazed clay coupled with subtle and delicate decoration”. In 2006 Janice won the ‘Ceramics Art and Perception Award’ at the National Ceramics Exhibition. She is a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she majored in sculpture, and also of the South African College of Music, both at the University of Cape Town.
Christopher Smart is a ceramic artist who lives in the picturesque wilderness region of South Africa. He uses a special blend of African clays to sculpt his pieces and then fires them to stoneware temperatures to make them strong and durable, thus creating work which is both functional and beautiful.
A background in Fine Art, Sculpture, Art History and Graphic Design informs Pamela’s creations. Her passion for the nature found in Africa, and its’ intricate designs, is deeply and elegantly embedded in her work. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pamela describes her bowls as “Functional forms born of the hand”.
hand-thrown naked raku-fired ceramics
South African born and educated, Christine Gittins settled in Wales in 1994 where she is continuing a career as a studio potter. Although a trained graphic artist, her involvement with clay has occupied her life since 1982 when she first started evening classes in pottery. Since moving to Britain, Christine has been selected as a member of the Makers Guild in Wales and a member of the British Craft Potters Association. Her latest work explores balance and how far a vessel can be pushed without upsetting stability. Her work is hand-thrown and naked raku-fired twice to achieve a satin-smooth finish. Colour and burnishing comes from the fire before guineafowl feathers and horsehair are applied to the sizzling hot pots, scorching on their random indelible patterns.
Zizipho Poswa was born in Umtata. She studied at Port Elizabeth technikon and then she went to Cape Town where she worked for the textile designer Carol Niven, as a tableware artist. After working for anothe linen company in Cape Town, Zizipho became a founding member of the ceramic group Imiso. Meaning “tomorrow” in Xhosa, the group was founded in 2006 by four talented individuals who each contribute their own style to the current ceramic range. Zizipho works in a pinch-pot style which means every piece is uniquely hand-created and individual in every way. Neutral exteriors are often contrasted with modern bright colours inside her pots, and subtle scratchings and small marks, such as tiny hearts, add to the quirky feel of each piece. The Imiso group now export to Paris and New York.
The Porcupine Ceramic Studio was started by Patricia White, together with 3 staff members, early in 1994 in the courtyard of her home in Plettenberg Bay. Her husband put the world of computers behind him, joined Patricia, and together they moved the growing business to a farm, nestled at the base of the Outeniqua Mountains. The Porcupine studio grew organically, drawing staff from the surrounding areas, who were previously disadvantaged and unskilled. It now employs 24 people and produces a diverse range of ceramic artworks. Each piece is handcrafted, meticulously decorated and raku-fired, giving it individuality. A few years ago, Porcupine moved to their new spacious home at the Craggs.
Porcelain has been Lisa’s fascination since 2000. In her work, the use of this clay is a metaphor for human existence; while porcelain is durable and resilient, it is also easily smashed or cracked.
Texture, layering, light, embellishment, translucency, fragility, beauty, diversity, colour, pattern, design; these are her list of aesthetic passions and explorations. Living and working in Cape Town, South Africa, Lisa sees herself as blessed to be part of a rich and vibrant community of designers, artists, makers and crafters.
She is committed to the hand-made craft object in this world of mass production, and feels that the mark and energy of the maker are transferred into the work, especially with something as tactile as clay. Her intention as she works, is to transfer some of the qualities of light, beauty, gentleness and the opening of the heart and spirit into her work.
Helen lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa; a country she describes as “so diverse and stimulating it can only inspire innovation.” She trained as a textile designer, so pattern, rhythm, texture and colour are all in her blood. Sgraffiato or scratchings run through her work as red threads and provides a vital link to all her ceramics. A colour palette of red, aloe green, bronze and pewter contrast with her whitewashed raw clay to create a contemporary appeal whilst still retaining an earthy aesthetic. Helen is interested in the cross-pollination of media, so her studio is an evolving laboratory of clay, cloth, paper and metal as well as the spaces in-between.
hand-thrown and painted ceramics
Lisa Ringwood was born in Durban, RSA in 1968. She has been captivated by clay since her first pottery lesson at age 7. She went on to study ceramics, history of art and archaeology at Durban Technikon and University of Cape Town. She spent several years experimenting with various expressions of her craft. For many years she focused on wheel work and tin-glazed earthenware. Lisa now works from her studio in Kommetjie where over the years she has developed her style of hand building and slab moulding with scraffito, coloured slips, oxides and underglaze colours. She draws her inspiration from daily life and nature. Tiles and functional ware, drawn and painted with local bird life, carp, blossoms and indigeneous plants can all trace an organic tie back to the earth from which it was shaped, and every piece speaks of unhurried observation and care. She achieves this without subscribing to symmetry or commercial uniformity, giving each piece their unique personality. There is an essence of domestic nostalgia captured in her work – a sense of daily life spilling over into her craft – art and life merging into each other, being inspired by one another, and the joy of creating something functional. Her work is in private collections in South Africa and around the world.
Born in Zimbabwe, Bronwen moved to South Africa with her family at the age of three, where she was encouraged to partake in all manner of artistic endeavour whilst at school there. Now having lived in UK for over 30 years, and with her children all grown up, Bronwen feels she can finally indulge in her passion for ceramics. Her current range is one of hand-built burnished vessels, decorated with various layers of slip and sgraffito. Subconsciously Bronwen’s African roots always appear in her work and a signature feature are her ‘doodles’ which she has been creating since she was a child. Most of her work is earthenware which is bisque-fired at a low temperature, making it aesthetic rather than functional.
enamel look ceramics
The Redhill Pottery was established over 18 years ago by the well-known potter Bruce Walford and was grown by the Drydens before being passed on to its current owners, the Bell family. Their mantra is they do not rush the process of making their stoneware. The time and care taken adds to the inherent strength of the pottery and this is borne out by the longevity of their product, which is in use with a number of fine guesthouses. All processes are done by hand by Bruce and his small team. Therefore no two items are identical and little interesting imperfections can sometimes be seen, which give each piece its’ own unique character and personal touch. And finally, because they understand the demands of modern life, all their pieces are microwave friendly and dishwasher safe.
Di was born in South Africa in 1968 and completed a BA Fine Art degree at UCT in 1990. Her subsequent successful artistic career has been interspersed with work and travel overseas, and commercial ventures, during which she found out that, “painting is like meditation, where I can find pause from the hectic pace of daily life.” She loves the great outdoors and travelling through the beautiful scenic spots of South Africa, from which she draws her inspiration. Apart from painting, Di works in ceramic and mixed media. “I enjoy the texture and pattern that is an integral part of our world, – in nature, architecture and agriculture, – and incorporate it in my work.”
Ferdinand Henning was born in the sixties and grew up in a small town in the Karoo. After his studies in Stellenbosch and a year of backpacking through Europe he started making jewellery and sculptures in non-ferrous metals. He exhibited regularly at Grahamstown Art Festival and at the Bloemfontein Art market, Durban Craft Market and Magnoliadal market in Pretoria during mid 80’s and early 90’s. Then the travel bug bit again and he hitchhiked through Eastern Europe and USA for nearly a year. When he came back he got caught up in the corporate world until two years ago when he decided to go full time into ceramics. “Most of my works are figurative pieces built from slabs or coils. Each piece is unique, the result of many hours’ work. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind original work of art and no two are identical, because they are not mass-produced. My functional pieces are one-off pieces, and give me the same satisfaction as a sculpture due to the individual differences of each piece.” Ferdinand lives in Melkbosstrand in the Cape and works from his studio in the quaint little town of Philadelphia about 20 km away.
Carin Cronje runs Vanilla Concrete with her close-knit family in South Africa. Their aim is to take every day usable items and make then beautiful and fun to use. Pieces are hand crafted from original designs. This allows them to produce the interesting shapes that could not otherwise be reproduced. No piece is allowed to lose its ‘heart and soul’ by becoming over-produced as part of a heartless machine with no connection to its creator. Each one of their pieces passes through the hands of at least six people, who each add their own magic to it. All their ranges are developed by themselves, and take on the character or feel of whatever was inspiring them at the time. They are not bound by any style or form, and create in the range from classical to modern. They like to think of ourselves as ‘chameleon potters’. Carin is currently on ‘walkabout’ to inspire new creativity.
John the Potter
John fell in love with clay while studying at Bryn Athyn College near Philadelphia, USA. “It’s not that I learnt all that much about clay at college, but rather that I got to hang out with people who could create pure magic from a lump of clay with very little other than an unusually well developed sense of exploration and experimentation”. John returned to Cape Town to try and make a living out of clay. He practised raku firing in Muizenburg for four years and sold to galleries and at craft markets. In 1995 he married Louise and they moved to Bot River where John started reduction firing. Louise and John made a real success of their business and were able to build their dream home, studio and shop in Betty’s Bay, which took 3 years. Once installed, John ventured back into raku and saggar firing as well as expanded on the palette of reduction glazes for which he is becoming increasingly well known. John, Louise and their son Gabriel live above the pottery studio/gallery with their bull terrier Betty and white rat Garnet.
vases of life
Trayci’s work, from her new studio and gallery at Lionsgate in Kwa-Zulu Natal, is an eclectic mix of South Africa’s cultural styles and influences. With her Zulu-Lulu team, she produces an ever changing range of quirky stoneware functionals, smoke fired and raku glazed collectables and one-of-a-kind décor pieces. Collected the world over, by lovers of beautiful things, each piece is individually hand made and reflects the heart and soul of the maker. Her motto is;- “we love what we do and it shows” .
David Walters, one of South Africa’s most distinguished potters, has been potting for 40 years, moving from regulation stoneware in the 1970s to a 30 year love affair with white, hard, lustrous porcelain. Some of his hand-thrown porcelain is also smoke-fired. After graduating with a BA Fine Arts from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, he and his wife Michelle established the Nkwaleni Pottery in Hilton before moving on to Caversham Mill at Lidgetton. Tragically, the old mill was washed away in the 1987 floods and they decided to move to England,“to experience the challenge of working in a rigorous environment that has the best potters in the world.” At Kenninghall in Norfolk, they established The Particular Pottery in an old Baptist Chapel and David became Vice Chairman of the Suffolk Craft Society, acknowledged to be the most successful in Britain. After a decade, the call of Africa become too strong to resist and they came home to face a new challenge, renovating the derelict Victorian mansion that once belonged to the first teacher in the village of Franschhoek in the Cape. The building now restored to its former glory, incorporates a series of galleries, an extensive pottery which David shares with his daughter Sarah, and his home.
Janie has been an artist, illustrator and photographer with over 30 years. She now describes herself as a mixed-medium artist, who produces a creative studio-production range of original homeware and artworks from her Handpaint’d House studio in Cape Town. She is most inspired by nature and the living world around her, and her work has been ordered by clients in USA, UK and Australia.
glazed white ceramics
Tessa is an artist and art therapist living and working in Cape Town. She completed an art foundation at Central Saint Martin’s in London, specializing in ceramics, and a B.A. Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, specializing in sculpture. This was followed by a Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She registered as an Art Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in 2011. Now Tessa divides her time between her art practice as a ceramicist from her studio in Woodstock, and working as a Therapist. As an artist, she specializes in functional sculptures and a variety of natural forms inspire her work. She creates organic asymmetrical shapes that remain associative, yet are entirely original. Her work stems from a diversity of influences, ranging from human anatomy to microscopic underwater creatures. To explore these biological forms, Tessa uses white earthenware clay. She prefers to stick to pure white so as to maintain ones’ focus on the shapes.
hand-thown and painted plates and bowls
Gemma Orkin has been a ceramic artists for over 15 years. She graduated with a BA. Fine Arts from Michaelis, UCT, and she now also teaches ceramics. She lives in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town and loves the sunshine, rain, sea and fresh air of the Mother City. All her work is hand made and hand painted. She enjoys the process of making a simple, traditional shape on which to paint. The designs she paints are inspired by the things she loves and the things that make her happy. She also gravitates towards warm, creamy and bright colours. Gemma’s work is as sunny as herself and her ambition is to; “keep growing my business and stay true to myself”.
handcarved and painted ceramics
Jacqui Deane is an experienced and accomplished ceramic potter who lives and works in the small coastal town of Kleinmond in the Cape Province of South Africa. Turning to local wild and sea life for inspiration, she hand-throws all her own work and then carves away her designs to create a unique vessel, before painting it individually to personalise each one even further. Zebra, giraffe and penguins frolic around the circumference of her work in gleeful abandon, enriching each piece with comic appeal.