We’d like to welcome Rosh Sewpersad, Simone Houston-McMillan and Lisa Linnow to the 2022 CSA Western Cape committee, and thank Nada Spencer for all of her hard work as Chair over the past few years on the committee as she will be stepping down from the committee this year. We’d also like to thank Alila Hofmeyer, Roger Kapela and Hanlie Connan as they will also be stepping down from the committee this year.
Meet our 2022 committee:
Joan Adams is a ceramic designer, teacher, jewellery creator – in short, an all-round creative. She studied ceramic design in the 1980s and for thirty-five years afterwards, taught design to young students and adults at various colleges and high schools. Joan has had two solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows. She has also often been selected to exhibit at the South African Potters Association’s annual exhibitions.
Joan works from her River’s End Studio in Glencairn, making a broad range of ceramics, from affordable jewellery, bespoke homeware to original sculptural work and also uses her space as a teaching studio.
For the past two years, Joan has served on the committee of Ceramics Southern Africa, Western Cape. She is also part of the team working to establish an internship programme for CSA, Western Cape, and sees this as yet another way to fulfil her passion for skills’ transfer and the handing-down of our craft.
She lives on the coast and snorkels weekly, drifting through an underwater world of kelp forests. Her husband is a marine conservationist and this too has contributed to her fascination and obsession with the sea. Much of her work is inspired by what is hidden beneath the waves and she continues to explore organic shapes within ceramics.
As a full-time ceramic artist and musician, Jenny Chadwick works and teaches at their home studio Kommetjie Ceramics, located in the South Peninsula of Cape Town. Organiser of Open Studios Kommetjie, textile artist and fine art printmaker Kristen McClarty has this to say about Jenny’s ceramics:
“The wonderful textures and shapes that can only be found in an established
ceramic art studio. A peak into the space of Jenny Chadwick of Kommetjie Ceramics – pit fired, polished, biomorphic shapes, small ceramic pieces that make you feel like you’re in an alley in old China, rich jade and “China blue”, dice and dominoes, layered fish. Books and aprons and a fine layer of clay dust. A
visual feast and a temptation to touch.”
Jenny has been involved in the Western Cape region of Ceramics Southern Africa since 2014 and initiated the official social media platforms for the region. To date they run and maintain the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Serving on the committee from 2019 Jenny has agreed to co-chair the Western Cape region for 2022.
Le Roux Odendaal has been involved with clay since about 2010 when he first harvested clay in his backyard and brought it to his mothers’ home studio to start making planter pots and other gardening related ceramics. Since then, he has spent more and more time growing the home studio, encouraging playful exploration of the medium for hobbyist potters and creative people, in Durbanville.
After completing his Bachelors in Botany and Zoology, Le Roux has gotten more involved in ceramics and looks for ways and inspiration from the natural environment to make ceramics. He joined the committee in 2020 and signed on as treasurer to participate more in the community and assist the organisation with their finances.
Sandile Brian Cele was born in 1980 in Umlazi township in Durban. After school, he pursued a degree in Fine Arts at the Natal Technikon, working under Hennie Stroebel, Cele majored in ceramics.
After graduating, Cele joined Arts Aid helping young and emerging artists to develop a range of interdisciplinary skills and craft products, including bead work, ceramics, woodwork, and print-and paper-making.
In Mpumalanga Cele first encountered internationally renowned ceramicist, Clementina van der Walt, who had been invited to the Mpumalanga Shangaan Cultural Village to run a workshop on Raku firing. From 2005 to 2016, Cele assisted her in her studio, including with press molding and glazing, and developed a wide range of skills and expertise.
Cele now has a new studio at Collaborate called SBC Design Studio in Fishhoek, where he focuses on his own ceramic brand, Isiqhaza and Zulu Goth collection.
Xola Sinethemba was born and raised in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
Sinethemba has lived, taught ceramics and practiced his craft in Cape Town since 2004 as a ceramic designer, lecturer / educator and assessor as well as design assessment tools specialist at a number of organisations.
From 2008 – 2018, he lectured Craft in Ceramics at the Central Johannesburg TVET College and also took part in a mentorship programme with John Shirley from 2012 – 2013.
Since moving to Cape Town in 2020, he has worked as an independent artist, facilitator for virtual clay workshops at iMiso Ceramics and is currently busy with a mentorship programme at iMiso Ceramics with world-renowned ceramic artists Andile Dyalvane and Zizipho Poswa.
Sinethemba was named the 2020 New Signature Award Winner for CSA Western Cape Regional Exhibition and has exhibited recently at FYNARTS arts festival, WAZA Labo South Africa and Japan experiences, has new work at Ebony Curated Gallery in Franschhoek, is part of the synchronicity 11:11 exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary, and is currently part of the QUARTZINVERSION online international exhibition.
Lisa Linnow is a ceramic artist and the driving force behind the Lisa Linnow Gallery. “Since a child, I have loved anything to do with art. I discovered pottery when I was 16 and fell in love with the medium. After school, life happened but I managed to do a bit of pottery here and there, self teaching until I got married when I didn’t touch clay for about 20 years, despite reading and learning the theory as much as I could, because, by then, I was addicted.”
Since her divorce, Lisa has had one mission in mind…..get a studio and get serious because this love for clay is never going to go away. Initially looking for studio premises in the vibrant Woodstock area of Cape Town, Lisa discovered the iconic Old Castle Brewery, the perfect space for a gallery, not only for her own artwork, but to enable her to fulfil her lifelong dream of opening an art gallery that would give young artists the opportunity to flourish. Thus, The Lisa Linnow Gallery was born, through determination and a passion for art and the youth of South Africa.
“As a potter, I feel this is just the beginning for me. I have much to learn and I am looking forward to many years, now, of playing with clay.”
In 2012, Rosh Sewpersad was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans for his pioneering work in founding Nirvana Fynbos Reserve dedicated to the conservation of critically endangered fynbos species, and for his contribution to environmental causes.
He studied art at the University of Cape Town, and his preferred medium is ceramic sculpture. Rosh uses a variety of hand building methods, and experiments with various oxide and glaze techniques, including meticulous and graphic painting on ceramics. His studio is located at Nirvana Fynbos Reserve, and he is inspired by the forms, textures and colours of nature that surround him. He also finds inspiration in the animistic cultures of the African continent, and has studied shamanic traditions.
His themes explore gender fluidity, man’s connection to nature, as well as abstract and imagined representations inspired by the living world.
Besides being an artist, he is also a software engineer, environmentalist, facilitator, healer and horseman.
Simone Houston-McMillan was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After studying Fine Art at Wits Technicon, she went on to work in the corporate design field of Publishing and Art Directing, and then started her own design business, Canvas Sky Design which she ran until November 2017.
As a then part time student, of Denise Fox in Jhb and Lorette Espi in CT, for 10 years each, respectively, Simone worked to perfect the art of wheel throwing and hand building, along with the desire to create a highly burnished beautiful form.
Since then Simone has focused full-time on her passion for Ceramics. After six successful, bi-annual markets, at the Rondebosch Potters Market, and an interest from the public in her work, she is now solely focused on producing unique pieces that capture the essence of the earth.
Simone was inspired by workshops with Christine Gittins at Art in the Forest, Wiebke von Bismark at Whow Studios, Paul de Jongh and Nina Shand at Millstone in McGregor, and Jenny Chadwick at Kommetjie Ceramics . In 2019 she was awarded the Fellows Award by Ralph Johnsson at the Western Cape Regional Exhibition. Simone continues to explore the ongoing results of alternative firings using organic and foraged combustibles on hand built and wheel thrown pieces.
The full 2022 CSA Western Cape committee members (in alphabetical order) are:
Joan Adams (Co-Chair)
Jenny Chadwick (Co-Chair & Social Media portfolio)
Le Roux Odendaal (Treasurer)