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Anthony Shapiro

I started making pots when I was 13 and never stopped. I dropped out of law school because all I wanted to make was pots and put them into interiors. At 22 years, I knocked on Kim Sacks door at her home in Yeoville, begging her for an apprenticeship. About a year later I started working as a pottery teacher at Ernest Ullman Park Recreation Centre in Morningside, Sandton. I
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Francesca/kika

I am a practicing ceramicist ,creating in my own home studio in Cape Town. My artistic flair has always been there thanks to my Italian family heritage. I applied to study a 3 year Fine Art Diploma at Wits Techknikon in Johannesburg and ended up specializing in Ceramic Design in 1994,which I totally love. The designs are inspired by architecture, clothing and textiles and
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WALTERS, SARAH

“My training began with a Fine Art Sculpture BA in the UK where I grew up. However, my other great influence and the full extent of my training in ceramics, has come from my father, David Walters, who is a dedicated and outstanding production potter. He has taught me about the beauty and strength of the functional pot. The capacity that functional pots have to sit quietly
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WALTERS, DAVID

David Walters is a Franschhoek based studio potter well known for his exquisitely thrown white porcelain ware and reduction fired ceramics. He has a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Natal. David has been potting for over thirty five years and his previous studios were at Caversham Mill, in the Natal Midlands and the Particular Pottery, Kenninghall, Norfolk, Engla
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WILHELM, JOHN ANTHONY

John was born in East London, South Africa in 1947 and attended Florida Park High School in Johannesburg. He has travelled extensively (Europe and Australia), and had a chequered career doing a variety of jobs. From 1977 to 1979, at the age of 30, he became a full-time student at Natal University, Pietermaritzburg (non-degree), studying under Hilda Ditchburn, Juliet Armstr
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WHYATT, TESSA

Tessa Whyatt is an eclectic artist. She started pottery with Kim Sachs in Johannesburg, then specialised in Ceramics during her art foundation at Central Saint Martin’s in London. She followed this with a B.A. Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town specialising in sculpture. Tessa also has a Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. and is a Time To
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WARREN, KENDAL

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 th
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VERLOREN VAN THEMART, ELSA

Elsa verLoren van Themaat (Mrs Klump) or “THEMART” OBJECTIVE: Each project in my career, I believe forms part of a whole and moves towards my objective. To pursue effective quality in art, craft, interiors and tourism with a South African flavour and thereby linking us internationally. This is aimed to serve the uniqueness of the individual, the economy of our community an
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SIEBERT, JANIE

Janie Siebert studied Graphic Design and Art,in the late70′s, concentrating on Illustration. After work in Advertising and a Graphic Studio, and life in rural Transkei, she returned to Cape Town and set up ‘The Handpaint’d House’ Studio. She explores with stoneware and porcelain clays as surfaces on which to design, creating irregular, one-off platt
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ROSSOUW, MARINDA

I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa at a very young age. My youth was spent in Cape Town and I matriculated in at DF Malan High School. Thereafter I obtained a B Prim Ed degree at University of Stellenbosch and later a Pre – Primary Teaching Diploma at UNISA. Most of my years were spent teaching pre-primary children, who to some degree, resemble clay. I have t
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RABIE, JANICE

I have been producing ceramics since the 1980′s and have participated in numerous exhibitions. I have always loved to make things. My work is in many people’s homes all over the world, and I hope it brightens up their day. I make functional ware in porcelain. The work is slipcast in moulds and this gives me the smooth surfaces, clean minimalist lines and refine
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NIELD, BETSY

Betsy attended the P J Olivier Art School, Stellenbosch (extramural) from Grade 1 – Grade 12. Her mother had her own pottery studio, where Betsy worked until she started her own studio in 1983. Betsy attended many workshops and courses during those years and obtained an N4 in ceramics with distinction from the Cape college under Dr Ralph Johnson. Since 1991 she has o
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MARTIN, YVONNE

I started doing pottery in 1991 when a friend decided to give lessons. I joined her class and enjoyed the feel of the clay and the thrill of being creative. From there I went to Graham and Kim Bolland’s classes, then to Angelique Kirk, where I was introduced to porcelain. I loved the soft, smooth feel of this clay and the way it looked when it was fired and glazed. In 1998
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MINNIE, ANDRE

JAM’s ARTS was started in February of 1998, after the culmination of 15 years service towards the protection of the country’s people and her resources….. Trained as an observer, with an undying passion for nature and things natural ..with the inclination to record as drawings my experiences.. Jan Andre Minnie…(JAM) Born 4 July 1964 in Lusaka, Zambia Educated throughout the
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MARAIS, ANN

I work with porcelain clay not for translucency but because it gives me a white ‘canvas’ upon which I can apply subtle colouring of slips, underglaze colours and glazes. I work quickly, intuitively and expressively that mostly bypasses the self-consciousness of the conscious mind. This creates a sort of state of “nothingness” in my thought processes, thereby op
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JOHNSON, DR RALPH

Ralph was born in Johannesburg and matriculated from Athlone Boys High School in 1961. He obtained his B.D.S. : University of the Witwatersrand in 1967. In 1984 he received an honours degree in ceramics from the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) cum laude. In 1992 he attained his Masters degree in Ceramic Design from the Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Engla
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KOTZE, KAREN

Karen Kotze was born in 1980. She obtained a BA Degree in Fine Art from the University of Stelllenbosch in 2002 and also holds a diploma in education. Karen currently lives and works in Bellville in the Western Cape. She was introduced to the medium of ceramics by artist and educator Hennie Meyer, for whom she also worked as studio assistant for several years. Her work is
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HENNING, FERDINAND

I see myself as a sculptor and artist and work in clay as well as metal. I used to make jewellery and sculptures with brass and copper and exhibited at the Grahamstown Art Festival on a regular basis during the 80′s and 90′s. It is only recently that I started working with clay and I’m mostly self-taught. After 13 years in the corporate world I decided to
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DU TOIT, LAURA

I was born in Cape Town, resident in Stellenbosch since 1980 and I am married and have 2 sons. I completed a BA degree at the University of Stellenbosch and did my initial training in ceramics with Nicole Palmer. This was continued by completing the N5 in Ceramics and Drawing with Ralph Johnson at Paarl Technikon in 1990. Highlights of career: 2007 Merit Award, CSA Regiona
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DE JONGH, PAUL ( Mill Stone Pottery )

Wood-firing potters Paul de Jongh and Nina Shand live and work in McGregor, a quaint village in the Western Cape, South Africa. At our pottery studio and showroom, we produce high temperature, wood-fired and salt-glazed stoneware and porcelain. We also make wood-fired terracotta, electric-fired porcelain domestic ware as well as sculptural and decorative raku pieces. We ma
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ZIZAMELE CERAMICS

Zizamele Ceramics, makers of the original Bambanani Bowl have recently opened a retail outlet at Imhoff Farm near Kommetjie. On sale are their entire range of products as well as fine beadwork from Mpumulanga, ethnic jewellery from Kwa Zulu Natal, unusual wirework made by local artists and ceramics by Noleen Read, Ayalah Zohar, Kendall Warren and Liesel Trautmann. We also
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BELL, BRUCE

Bruce Bell is primarily a ceramic artist and loves the bright bold colours of our sun blest Africa. His studio, Redhill Pottery, is situated on the border of Cape Point Nature Reserve and is a wonderful place in which to work and draw inspiration from nature. Combine this with the casual life style of the Deep South and you have a unique result. His work ranges from tradit
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BAUER, JOHN

John Bauer is one of those individuals for whom ceramics is a mere vehicle for the kaleidoscope of ideas he exhales everyday. He is strangely focused on a bizarre and very secretive brand of technical skill in ceramics; although this focus on technical anomalies of clay, glass and heat, does not distract one iota from the heart of his pieces. His pieces exude emotion. They
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BASSON, LERENTIA

“Art is a route of discovery. The discovery of materials, techniques, ideas and myself. My art and I continue to be a work in progress.” Lerentia Basson obtained her BA (Ed) Arts degree from the University of Pretoria. She honed her ceramic sculpting skills studying with the renowned sculptor Charles Gotthard, and worked as his assistant before leaving for Europe in 1990.
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