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Andile Dyalvane

ANDILE DYALVANE

Andile Dyalvane is a ceramic artist and, alongside Zizipho Poswa, co-founded Imiso Ceramics. He was born in Ngobozana, near Qobo-Qobo in the Eastern Cape and spent his childhood embedded in traditional Xhosa lifeways, developing an intimate relationship with the umhlaba (the land, clay, mother earth) – tending to his father’s cattle herd and farming.

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JOHN NEWDIGATE

Newdigate’s canvas is clay, rendering his paintings globe-like. We look down into them, or are they perhaps extending out towards us? The porcelain has become a glass fishbowl for Newdigate’s microcosms, which are held tenderly, and most definitely magnified, by the crystalline smoothness of Ian Garrett’s forms.

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IAN GARRETT

There is a science to Garrett’s practice as he collects, sieves, dries and categorises each of the many clay types archived in the studio. No glazes are used. Contrasts in colour and texture are created through the combination of different clays and their surface treatment.

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Zizipho Poswa

ZIZIPHO POSWA

A story told a thousand times becomes tradition. Sometimes, a tradition is a story that does not need to be told. No longer in need of language, it comes embedded, embodied. It can be seen in the way Poswa makes a ceramic vessel.

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Nesta Nala: Ceramics by Tradition

The work of the Nalas is rooted in an ancient and revered ceramic process. Nesta’s method of hand built, pit-fired and burnished vessels is equal parts considered and disciplined, onerous and ornate. To begin, she would gather two types of clay (red and grey), typically hand-dug from the areas around her home.

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Juliet Armstrong

Juliet Armstrong: The Forms Become an Extension of Myself

Armstrong was an artist who aimed to continually puzzle out, provoke and play with the form and definition of clay. Her works range from cow hides, breasts and ceremonial protective aprons to the more traditionally utilitarian objects like vases, plates and bowls, but always with an interest in embracing the imperfections of the medium.

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ASTRID DAHL

Predominantly composed of white earthenware, Dahl’s work pays homage to form and symmetry before anything. A practice in pursuit of the form that is perfect and timeless…

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