Kim Sacks is an internationally known ceramicist, curator and teacher. Her ceramic work is in major public and private collections around the world. Kim is the director of the Kim Sacks Gallery, in Johannesburg, which specialises in cutting edge, Contemporary South African Design, Fine Craft and Folk Art. Her gallery is known both nationally and internationally for it’s comprehensive collections and exhibitions of Tribal Art and Contemporary Fine-Craft and Design – coming from every corner of the African continent.
Kim is also the founder of the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics in Johannesburg. This school is a thriving centre where ceramics is promoted, taught and made on a full-time basis. She has been involved in training – some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramic names such as Deborah Bell, Anthony Shapiro, Paul de Jongh, Lisa Firer,
Jabu Nene, Loren Kaplan, Carolyn Heydenrych, Ozolo Ntshali, Zenzani Mazibuko, Caroline Schultz Viera, just to name a few.
Abongile Ntsane was born in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, and during her time at Victoria Girls’ High School in Grahamstown, she took up art as a subject and ceramics as a medium. She continued with ceramics at Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela University) where she experimented with other mediums but eventually returned to using clay.
Abongile sees clay as a powerful medium as it gives her the ability to mould it into anything she can envision. Clay also inspires her more because she is dealing with actual earth, especially from the African continent.
This led to the formation of Udakatribe.
“‘Udakatribe was birthed out of the desire to tell the African narrative through clay. As a people of such a rich continent, it is necessary for us to tell our story ourselves. We are beautiful people – our dress, jewellery, languages, music, our dancing , community spirit, wisdom as well as our power – these all are part of what inspires my creativity as well as what helped form Udakatribe.”
The vision for Udakatribe is to build an Art & Design company that will employ a lot of people and also allow the use of clay as a healing and educational tool as well. This is to build a legacy and improve the lives of our people through the process.
Erica Elk is the executive director of The Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), playing a major role in promoting the craft and design sector in the Western Cape and the country at large. She is the founding Director of the CCDI, employed to it in 2001 following research commissioned by the provincial government into the sector’s economic potential. She plays an active role in developing strategy for the visual arts, craft and design sector, as well as the creative industries in general.
She is currently serving as a Councillor on the National Arts Council and has served on many Boards previously such as the World Design Capital Board, and the provincial Tourism Board; as well as the curatorial committee of the Design Indaba.
Elk has a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, a BA Fine Arts (Honours) Degree from WITS and a Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama from Trinity College of Music, UK; and is currently studying for an EMBA through the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.