Monday, December 6, 2010

Exhibition at Marina Walsh’s Sculpture Studio

We have created, and are now ready to exhibit!

Please come to view a student exhibition and
purchase factory priced ornaments and sculptures
from Marina Walsh’s Sculpture Studio
There will be a tea garden and some clay activities for children.

Saturday the 11th of December 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday the 12th of December  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
52 Greenhill Rd 
Cell: 0824431033

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Food Wine Design Fair

The first Food Wine Design Fair is happening this weekend on the rooftop of the  Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Johannesburg.

Friday 26, Saturday 27 November 12 noon - 9 pm
Sunday 28 November 10 am - 4 pm

Entry fee R70

This promises to be an incredibly exciting event with top creatives from all over South Africa selling their wares.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Eastern Cape Regional Exhibition

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Platter by Lynnley Watson
Award of Excellence 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Building Architectural Towers

Carolyn Heydenrych, Premier Award Winner, Ceramics SA Gauteng Regional Exhibition 2010, will be presenting a fully participative workshop titled Building Architectural Towers
All day workshop includes clay, all materials and firing. Please bring your favourite modelling tools & lunch.
Date : Thursday 11 November 2010
Time: 9.30am till 4.30pm
Cost : R 500

The Pottery Studio, 24 Old Kilcullen Road, Bryanston

To book your place please contact Colleen Lehmkuhl email , 011 463 7262 or 073 481 0889

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Exhibition of the full Corobrik Collection

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Karen Murray will present final workshop of the year

Sculpture/Maquette workshop with Karen Murray – participants will build small maquettes from their own designs for future use. Please refer to page 16 of September 2010 newsletter Vol 3 Issue 4 for more information and background to this exciting technique which is invaluable. These small models allow an artist to explore form, test shapes and formulate ideas for finished pieces.

Please note: Contrary to what was said in the first message about this workshop, Karen tells us that this is not a condensed version of the earlier one, which was of portraits. This means that people who did the previous one will not be getting the same information as the first and this may encourage them to participate again. A lovely way to end of the year’s workshops!!

Venue: 6 Debussy Street Vanderbijlpark
Saturday 23 October 2010, 09:00-16:00
Cost: Members R250 – Non members R350

Bring own lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

Each participant is required to bring at least three or more different picture references of any subject matter, ie. plant, animal or human.

Bookings: Cynthia@ 011 791 5153 or email:

Should you wish to find out more, please contact Dineke on 016 932 2173

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tanya Babb Workshop

The KZN branch are hosting a Tanya Babb workshop on 6th Nov at Kearsney college

9.00 for 9.30 until +- 3.00pm

Bring and share lunch, tea and coffee provided

Cost R250 members non members R350
Pensioners R200 students R100

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Award Winners at the Gauteng Regional Exhibition

The Ultra-Furn Regional Exhibition is on view until September 24th at MuseumAfrica.
Congratulations to the following winners:

Glazecor Premier Award
Carolyn Heydenrych – 3 piece Tea Set Porcelain

Ndebele Milling & Mining Award
Michelle Legg – Bottles

White Rock Award
Dale Lambert – 5 piece Set of Blue Vessels

Potters Supplies & Mail Order Award
Hazel Sherman – Porcelain Books

Belmont Ceramics Award
Marentia Kooiman – Installation

Van Tuyl Kilns & Furnaces New Signatures Award
David Venter – Terracotta 3 hole Tripod Oil Lamp

Highly Commended awards were presented to:

Sandra Goercke – Rectangular Red & Black Canopy Earthenware

Karen van der Riet – Porcelain Bowls

Marie Haasbroek – Melon Shaped Globe - red underglaze, raku transparent glaze, raku fired

Colleen Lehmkuhl – “Splashes” – installation of thrown & cut e/ware

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bisque Sale


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Millstone Pottery Wood-firing Jamboree

5, 6 & 7 November 2010
A week-end celebrating this ancient and time-honoured firing method; for ceramicists, potters and other romantics wanting to have work fired in 3 wood-fired kilns.
Demonstrations, workshops, firings, talks, good food and much more.
Cost: R2 000 for the workshops, inclusive of food.
Nina & Paul
Email: Web: Tel: (023) 625 1599

Monday, July 12, 2010

101 Ceramics - a 2010 Exhibition

The Department of UP Arts at the University of Pretoria presents one hundred and one of some of the rarest and most valuable ceramics ranging between 2400 BC to contemporary ceramics from the vast collections of the University of Pretoria on a public exhibition from 14 July 2010

The 101 ceramics of the University of Pretoria exhibition presents a selection of ceramics originating from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, China, South America, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Siam, Thailand, Holland, Germany, The Netherlands, France Denmark, South America and South Africa and have never before been exhibited together, nor on such large scale. This exciting exhibition showcases the diversity and uniqueness of the University of Pretoria’s Ceramic Collections This exhibition provides a view of the wide range of ceramics from nearly each continent and explains how the ceramics were shaped, fired and sometimes glazed. A large range of utensils such as pots, jars, vases and other containers are shown, but also ceramic sculptures and commemorative ware including studio ceramics by famous South African potters are on display.

Eastern Cape Calendar

“Wildly Colour” exhibition @ the Cube – Cape Town
10th August – 30th September – Delivery of works by 7th August
Late entries, contact

Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition – selection
Saturday 25th September – Exhibition: 10—24 October
Workshop by John Shirley
Saturday 25th September

Workshop by Jeff Oestreich
Monday 4th October

Ceramics Southern Africa – Regional Exhibition @ the Ron Belling Gallery
2nd November > end of November
Delivery of works between 15th September and 1st October
Annual Potter’s Fair
Over a week-end of November. Date to be specified later.

Friday, July 9, 2010

David Walters and Friends

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ann van Hoey Workshop

Come and meet Ann van Hoey, an internationally known Belgian ceramic artist, who will talk about her work and show us how she makes her exquisitely elegant pots.
She works in earthenware and porcelain, building her pieces with meticulous attention to detail. using the three-dimensional form to explore bold encounters between the circle, the square, the triangle and the straight line, as well as making delicate cups and saucers.
She has won numerous international awards and her work is in great demand in many countries.
Fortunately for Ceramics SA she has accompanied her husband to South Africa for the World Cup – and has accepted our invitation to share her work with us on one of her free days.
MAKE SURE you book a place at -
Tshwane South College, Centurion on Saturday, 3 July from 10:00 – 13:00
Cost: Members R200 / Non members R300
Bookings: Cynthia – 011 791 5153 / e-mail
Tea and Coffee will be provided, as well as soup and bread for lunch.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Western Cape
Grande Provence Gallery, Main Road,
Delivery of work: Wednesday 29 September
from 09:00-13:00

Tshwane South College, Centurion
Saturday 18 September from 09:00-13:00
(Note: 18 Sept is Yom Kippur. Jewish members
can contact Cynthia on 011 791 5153 re special
early delivery arrangements for their work)

KwaZulu Natal
Kearsney College Art Dept., Botha’s Hill, Durban
Delivery of work: Thursday 23 September
From 09:00-10:00

Eastern Cape
Ceramic Dept. NMMU 2nd Avenue Campus
Delivery of work: Saturday 25 September: 13:00

Members more than 150 km from regional selection points
Country members will be permitted to submit photographs of entries, with 3 (three) different views, for selection to their Regional selectors as listed below by no later than Friday 10 September 2010. This also applies to Regional members who live more than 150 km from their Regional Selection point.

Gauteng: Marentia Kooiman, Tel: 084 567 8296 e-mail:
KZ-Natal: Lynette Morris-Hale, 16 Dorsetshire Road, Westville Durban 3630
E. Cape: Margie Higgs, P O Box 6284, Walmer, 6050
W. Cape: Ralph Johnson, 13 Chesham Road, Claremont 7708

The Selectors’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The awards will be chosen from the selected works.

A non-refundable entry fee of R100.00 will be charged.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Traditional Hand Built Vessels Workshop by Michelle Legg

Traditional Hand Built Vessels Workshop by well-known SA Ceramic Artist Michelle Legg

Michelle has over 25 years Ceramic experience and studied and worked closely with Nesta Nala. Michelle has exhibited her work locally and internationally and is holding a workshop for all levels of ceramicists from beginners to advanced. Take advantage of the wealth of experience that Michelle has to offer by exploring hand-building techniques made famous by our wonderful South African potters. Michelle has her Masters in Ceramic design from the University of Johannesburg.

When : Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th June 2010
Cost : R 1250.00 for the full 3 day course, all materials and firings included.
Times: 10:00 am till 4pm everyday.
Includes: Expert hands on tuition by well-known Ceramic Design Artist Michelle Legg. Michelle will give a computer presentation introducing two of South Africa’s indigenous ceramic methods of construction, namely Zulu and Venda, and discuss the firing and decorating techniques. Participants will construct their own pots, decorate and burnish them. Pots will be bisc fired once dry and participants are invited to return to smoke fire their pots with the assistance of Nic Sithole. All materials required for the workshop will be provided.

Bring: Own picnic lunch. (Mr Delivery menu available and Woolworth’s is just 2 blocks away)
Loads of energy and enthusiasm to make the most of this fantastic opportunity!
Wear comfortable clothing; bring apron and special tools.

Where: Colleen Lehmkuhl’s studio (ps - underfloor heating will take care of otherwise freezing feet)
24 Old Kilcullen Road, Bryanston
(Nearest big intersection is William Nicol and Ballyclare Road, near Bryanston Shopping Centre)
Bookings: Contact Colleen or Michelle to reserve your place on this exciting course - banish those winter cobwebs!
Colleen : 073 481 0889 or 011 463 7262 or email
Michelle Legg : 083 730 0250 or email

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dear Ceramics SA members,

Yes, sandstone is HARD and it is HEAVY, somehow I had underestimated both aspects, and I put quite a lot of strain on my trailer and two 4x4 s, which mastered the task of transporting the stone the 80km from Fouriesburg to Clocolan  bravely.
Putting the stones into position was also backbreaking work, thankfully we had the help of some very willing and slightly bemused farm labour
Once our stones were firmly placed on tables, the actual process of chiseling into the stone was fairly straight forward. Some special chisels called ‘points’, or ‘Spitzeisen’ were given to us by Florian, together  with a one pound hammer and / or a wooden mallet. With a vague image in our heads, and some references from books as to what we wanted to carve we got to work.
I found that I entered into a kind of ‘dialogue’ with the stone and slowly but surely the shape revealed itself but not without changes that somehow came from the stone.
As ceramicists, most of us are fairly strong and used to carrying weight. Therefore strong arms together with a good rhythm patience and tenacity, as well as the occasional help of the angle grinder get you a long way.  
The whole experience was so opposite to that of building up with clay, however the naturalness and honesty of the material would, I think, appeal to all ceramicists.
What I love most, is that I need not fettle, fire or glaze my sculpture , it stands proudly at my entrance as testimony to a good hard working weekend in one of the most beautiful parts of our country.
We hope to do this again next year, and hope to see you there.
The images shown are from a series compiled by Adrian Whines who joined us on the sandstone weekend and I could not have put together a better selection of pictures to capture the spirit of the weekend.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

C i t y s c a p e c e r a m I c s

C i t y s c a p e c e r a m I c s  by  c a r o l y n h e y d e n r y c h
join carolyn for a tour through her ceramic cities from 10:30 am
on sunday 6 june at the “LIGHT FROM AFRICA” gallery
in collaboration with the LIGHT FROM AFRICA artists

light from africa gallery details
gallery hours 10am to 4pm
cecilia forest, constantia nek, rhodes drive, constantia
Tel 021 794 0291

Fully Participative Intensive Throwing Workshop

Saturday 5 June 9am till 4 pm
There are still a few places available for this workshop. Improve your throwing skills
with the assistance of 2 professional throwers. From throwing to turning, and
everything in between, take advantage of this wonderful
opportunity to learn from Nic Sithole and Andy Ndlovu.

Venue : The Pottery Studio, 24 Old Kilcullen Road, Bryanston.
Bring : Personal throwing tools, Lunch.
Cost : Members R200 / Non-Members R250
Booking essential through Secretary – tel. 011-791 5153 – em:


Wednesday, May 26, 2010



Saturday, May 22, 2010

KZN Regional selection

KZN Regional selection will take place at artSPACE on Sat 29th May . The opening will be on Monday 31st May at 6.30 pm. Our selectors are Naomi Klingenberg and Martha Zettler. Our Award Judge is Nathi Gumede.

This exhibition will showcase some exciting new talent . There will also be a section called Teaching Studios where members of the public can view work done by students in different teaching studios in KZN

For more information and or to book please contact Lynette on 031 266 0543 or email

Sculptural Workshop by Sarah Richards

Venue: Kearnsey College
Date: 28th August
Time: 9.00 for 9.30
Cost : R200 members: non members R300: pensioners: R150

How to make a ceramic sculpture

This workshop will give a brief and insightful demonstration on how to create a ceramic sculpture. Basic skills will be demonstrated as well as a chance to experiment on your own sculpture during the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to give the participant some insightful ideas and techniques on how to make a ceramic sculpture, from the making of the armature, preparation of the clay, modelling skills will be practiced using photographic reference, and preparation of sculpture for firing will be demonstrated.

Basic program:
* Demonstration: How to construct a simple armature designed for a ceramic sculpture
* Experience:
Starting the modelling process – proportions- marks and expression- working from photographs
* Demonstration: Preparation of sculpture for firing

Materials to bring:
Plastic bag ( to keep damp)
Wooden Board between 30cm to 50 cm (at least 10mm thick – if too thin will warp)
Modeling tools
Clay(preferably grogged or sculptural or paperclay)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wet Firing & Obvaru Firing Workshop

Sat 29 May - 9am
@ Mogg's Pottery
39 Smartt Road, Nahoon

These are 2 firing tecniques introduced to me by Irish ceramic artist Jane Jermyn at her workshop in Port Elizabeth.
With her blessing in the spirit that potters share, we are holding a ceramic workshop for these firings.
Jane Jermyn, makes beautifully judged organic sculptural forms using her wet firing technique. The creations are put together using oxides, slip, basketry, thin pre-fired porcelain forms, organic matter and various clays, fired in a gas kiln sopping wet. Its a fast firing from the beginning to over 1 100 deg C, rendering beautiful colour, tone and texture in these sculptural forms.
Jane says that the elemental nature of clay excite her as do geological formations, strata and textures. She sees her work as a celebration of nature, through the transformation of clay by fire.
Participants will make their own sculptures as described above and they will be fired at the workshop. A demo will be done to give participants an idea of what its all about.
Jane has traveled extensively over the world demonstrating this technique and in so doing learnt other techniques including Obvaru firing, which involves dipping pre heated bisque ware into a batter recipe rendering beautifully mottled and organic results.

Participants need:
2 bisque pots (max 15cm)
Should you wish to make your own pre-fired thin irregular strip forms, make 3 from a white bodied clay (of about 5mm thick and between 10 & 20cm long).
Cost per;
Students R 10.00
Ceramic SA members R 90.00
(Please provide proof of membership)
Others R130.00
Includes costs of the gas and materials used

RSVP by Wednesday 26 May
Eloise ~ 082 756 5734

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


60 X 60 X 59cm
156cm overall height
R2500.00 neg.

Maureen Holmes 011 326 4279

Thursday, May 13, 2010

International Museum Day

Pretoria Art Museum, Melrose House Museum and Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site
18 to 21 May 2010

International Museum Day is an initiative of the International Council for Museums (ICOM). The day has been celebrated all over the world on 18 May since 1977. In 1992, the Advisory Committee decided to suggest a theme for Museum Day each year, and this year's theme is Museums for social harmony.

ICOM invites museum professionals to use International Museum Day as a platform for promoting the work of their institutions to the public, drawing the attention of supervisory bodies and governments to the role and needs of museums, and fostering dialogue between professionals and across disciplines. International Museum Day provides museum professionals with the opportunity to interact with the public and to make them aware of the challenges that museums face.

On this day, museums promote the idea that they are an important means of cultural exchange and enrichment, and developing mutual understanding, co-operation and peace.

The Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Department of the City of Tshwane will be celebrating International Museum Day by giving the public free admittance to the Pretoria Art Museum, the Melrose House Museum and the Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site during the week of 18 to 21 May. All three these museums are managed by the City of Tshwane.

Schools and groups are welcome to visit the museums and book guided tours during this week, but bookings must be in advance as space is limited. Entrance will be free, but the guided tours have to be paid for, and schools have to arrange their own transport.

For enquiries call Godfrey Naledzani at the Melrose House Museum (012 322 2805), André Strydom at Fort Klapperkop (012 346 7703) or Mmutle Kgokong at the Pretoria Art Museum (012 344 1807).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ceramics Southern Africa - Eastern Cape - Calendar

Introductory exhibition
It will happen during the two last weeks of May and will be for members only. There will be throwing demonstrations during the middle week-end of the exhibition. Venue to be determined.

Colour exhibition
At the cube (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town). 90 pieces on this theme will be displayed during August.

Ron Belling exhibition
This event will be our Regional competition: CSA-Eastern Cape Regional. Various sponsors will commit and there will be different prizes categories.
Submit 7 pieces maximum.
To be dropped off at the gallery between 15 august and 1st September.
People from far away (country members) can send pictures via email.
Opening on Tuesday 2nd of November (will run until end of November but pieces will be kept over December).
The gallery takes 25% commission.
People selected will be asked for an entry fee for costs of opening.
The pieces rewarded by prizes will still be up for sale.

This will happen in October and the selection for Eastern Cape pieces will be made in PE on +/- the 20th of September by John Shirley, the traveling selector.

• John Shirley is coming from Johannesburg on +/- the 20th of September and will give a workshop. Fees: R100 for members and R150 for non-members.

• Jeff Oestrich (the award judge for the Nationals) will be coming and give a workshop on the 3rd or 4th of October. He will either give two half days or one full day workshop. Fees: R100 for members and R150 for non-members.

Potter’s fair
The third edition of our Potter’s fair will happen on the 27th and 28th of November 2010. The venue is not determined at this stage.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition - Eastern Cape

Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition

The Ceramics Southern Africa - Eastern Cape Branch is having its launch exhibition "Beyond Objects", opening on the 17th May 2010 @ 6pm at the Red Earth Gallery (NMMU, 2nd Ave Campus). It will showcase more than 15 ceramic artists from the Eastern Cape.

For details, see attached invitation.

Wine and snacks will be served and a Prize of Excellence will award the best piece on show.

We are looking forward to presenting to you beautiful contemporary ceramic creations.

Please if you know people who would be interested, please foward this email to them.

Ceramic Southern Africa - Eastern Cape

Friday, May 7, 2010

Kiln for Sale

Dabeb Kiln, Type: 580, Volts 220, 40 Amps, 8.8 kwSingle Phase, 10 Elements,

Price R9000

Contact Di Wilkinson on 082 331 3649

Thursday, April 29, 2010

For Pottery Enthusiasts, Collectors & Potters

It's Finally available, the first Guide to Southern African Potters marks &

Over 500 potters, their marks, monograms & signatures represented, including
individual Studio potters, Art Potters, ceramic sculptors & ceramic
There will be only 1000 numbered copies available, copies will be sold on a
first come first served basis, so get your order in early!

Copies are R 300 each + shipping (+/- R 20 within SA).

Orders to or by phone 021 - 782 7270 / 082 829 1186.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Andrew Walford - Pretoria

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Studio Contents for Sale

We are closing our Ceramic Art Studio at the end of April. We have items for sale including 2 kilns, bisque, paint, brushes, tables, chairs and shelves. In addition we have two wonderful members of staff who are highly experienced in all aspects of ceramics and mosaicing who are looking for work.

I can be contacted on or 0829279019.


Saturday, 22nd May – 09:00-16:00 at Tshwane South College, Centurion
09:00-12:00 Talk and PowerPoint Presentation on -
5th World Ceramic Biennale in Korea & Exhibiting in London
Practicalities of doing a show long distance & Hennie’s work exhibited at Ceramic Art London
12:30-16:00 Explanation and demonstration on Hennie’s thought processes on how he develops an idea.
Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.
Cost: Members R300.00 – Non members R400.00

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kiln, Blunger and Production Line for Sale

I have the following for sale, situated in Krugersdorp, JHB:

12 cubic foot electric kiln
made by Ultrafurn
Inside size: 84cm high x 56cm wide x 73cm deep
comes with: Fully Automatic electronic controller (6 programmes), 12 kiln shelves, way too many props.
Curcuit breaker from switch board
2 years old, excellent condition
R20 000-00
please note this is a 3 phase kiln.
Blunger, 200L.
made by Van Tuyl
elctric, plugs into wall
2 years old, excellent condition, hardly used.

Salt & pepper production line set-up
This includes master moulds and 50 working moulds of my 'lovers' salt and pepper sets.
This range has been extensively marketed and comes with an existing client base.
The most popular design is that of the SA flag (see picture).
I've worked really hard on this range and wouldn't like to see it discontinued - it would make me
very happy if someone would like to 'adopt' it and keep it going. I do believe that with the right marketing,
 it could prove to be extremely popular!
An ideal 'filler' product to an existing production line.
R15000-00 neg. please call me to discuss this if you are interested? 
Please call me to discuss any of these items further.
078 236 4218

Ceramic Business for Sale


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pottery Equipment for Sale

Please double click on the image for an enlargement

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Making Pots that Sell & Critique of Members' Work

At 9:00 am on Saturday 10th April at the Centurion South College there will be a presentation in 2 parts.

Firstly at 9:00 - 10:00 am Deon de Lange will give a presentation on making pots that sell, ways to make your work more marketable, considering design, practicality and alternative making methods.

After a short break at 10:30 Eugene Hon and John Shirley will conduct a critique of work as they would at the University of Johannesburg, where they are both lecturers in the department of Ceramic Design. Members are asked to please bring work for discussion and feedback. We cannot guarantee that all pieces brought will be assesed but we will deal with as many as time permits.
This interactive process could offer you new insights into your work and new directions in which your work could be taken.

We urge you to take advantage of the valuable opportunity, and look forward to seeing you there. Please book with Cynthia 011 791 5253 or email.
Members R200.00 / Non members R300.00

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Western Cape AGM

The Western Cape Region of Ceramics Southern Africa is having their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 13 March 2010 at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

The proceedings will start at 09H00 with a light breakfast followed by the meeting at 10H00. Following the meeting Esther Esmyol will give members a guided tour of the William Fehr ceramic collection.

The AGM will look back at 2009 and plan for 2010 particularly marketing and promoting the Association confirming our relevance in the new technological age.

Sculpture Workshop

Marina Walsh

Venue: Caroline Vieira’s studio : 35 Galway Rd, Parkview

Session 1:
After a powerpoint introduction to styles and approaches to sculpting a portrait,
we will sculpt a basic skull onto an armature and study its proportions .

Session 2:
Working with photographs and drawings of their chosen models, students will be guided
through the process of achieving a likeness whilst learning about the anatomy of the face.

Session 3:
Continue working on the portraits. Students may bring their models to sit for them.

Session 4:
Continued work on the sculptures, and discussions on finishes ,textures and expressions of the face.

Depending on level of completion of work, the pieces will be removed from the armature and hollowed out for firing
Or students may have the option of making a cement fondue head during weekly lessons

Dates: every Wednesday, 10th, 17th ,24th and 31st of March
Times: 6pm to 9pm

Cost: R 1500 per person including materials. Tools and armatures will be provided.
A 50% deposit will be required to secure your place

N.B.Students would be required to bring some photographs of the person they wish to sculpt

sms marina on 082 443 1033 or caroline on 082 401 4213
Or e mail:: or

There is limited space , so don’t delay in booking your place!

Studio Contents for Sale

Potting Around is a ceramic art studio and mosaic workshop which has been in operation for the last 15 years. We have been the owners since January 2009. We host ceramic painting parties for children and adults (including kitchen teas and team building events). We also host mosaic parties for adults and children.

We have a wide variety of raw bisque to paint and our selection of paints is vast. We do all the glazing and firing in-house, as well as grouting for mosaic items. We also cast many of our bisque items and have a selection of moulds.
We have 2 kilns in our studio and have two very experienced staff members who are both excellent artists as well as proficient in firing, glazing and casting.

Unfortunately, due to the financial recession, our business has not been doing well and we are looking at closing our shop at the end of March.

As you will realise, we have many items for sale, including moulds, bisque-ware, paints, two kilns, wooden items to mosaic and mosaic tiles (both whole and pre-cut) and mosaic tools.

We are wondering if any of your members would be interested in buying any of the above. We would need to know fairly soon as the end of March is around the corner.

In addition, if any of your members are looking for staff, I can highly recommend both employees who currently work for me.

Michelle and Kayla Ferrer

Studio Facilities Cape Town

One Roof Studio is a creative space for artistic types. We offer an exciting shared studio environment for artists of all disciplines.

You get ample personal desk space plus access to huge shared tables to work on. Our facilities include: dedicated shelves, kitchenette and kiln (firing cost applies). Located in the Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock, there is 24 hour access and security, plus free parking after 1830. In addition we hold a monthly Open Studio Event, where we invite the public into the studio, and our artists can sell commission free.

For more information see or call Alex on 072 721 6446 to arrange to see the studio.

Equipment for Sale

12 cubic foot electric kiln
made by Ultrafurn
comes with: electronic controller (6 programmes), 14 kiln shelves, lots of props.
2 years old, excellent condition
R20 000-00

Blunger, 200L.
made by Van Tuyl
elctric, plugs into wall
2 years old, excellent condition

Salt & pepper production line set-up
This includes master moulds and 50 working moulds of my 'lovers' salt and pepper sets.
This range has been extensively marketed and comes with an existing client base.
The most popular design is that of the SA flag.
I've worked really hard on this range and wouldn't like to see it discontinued - it would make me
very happy if someone would like to 'adopt' it and keep it going. I do believe that with the right marketing,
it could prove to be extremely popular!
An ideal 'filler' product to an existing production line.

I also have a variety of teaset/teapot/coffee mug/jug master moulds available, designed by myself, to any one interested?
please call Linda to discuss any of these items further.
078 236 4218

Jane Jermyn Workshop KZN

Irish Ceramist Jane Jerman will be giving a workshop at Kearnsey College in Durban on Saturday 6 March 2010 at 09Hoo. For bookings and more information, please contact Lynette on 083 540 4349

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Anemone and Clay

Gallery Le Rouge invites you to a night of

'Anemone and Clay'

Collaborative works by

Nic Sithole & Wilh

Thursday 25 February @ 18H00

28 Sixth St, Parkhurst


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ceramist Nikki Swanepoel finalist in Spier Contemporary

After an exhaustive nation-wide selection process 100 artists and over 130 art pieces have been chosen for South Africa’s largest contemporary art exhibition, the Spier Contemporary 2010. The Africa Centre’s art biennale, the Spier Contemporary 2010 will launch on the 14th March 2010 at the Cape Town City Hall.

The artworks were selected from a national call for submissions, with artworks collected at thirteen selection centres across South Africa. The final exhibition was chosen from over 2,700 entries, which represents an increase of 10% on the submissions received for the Spier Contemporary 2007/8. The selection was made in November and December 2009 by a curatorial team of five local and continental industry professionals.

Work has begun on the Cape Town City Hall, where the first leg of the Exhibition will be held. The Spier Contemporary has commissioned architect Nabeel Essa to design the exhibition. Nabeel’s vision is to contrast the contemporary nature of the artworks against the historic grandeur of the Edwardian building.

Ceramist Nikki Swanepoel was is one of the Finalists. "Well it was a huge surprise, one could enter 5 pieces and I entered 4, including a selection of my best cattle heads (and one horse) of the past year or so (since the National in 2008). I thought the collection of heads would be too figurative for a progressive show like this, and would probably not be selected, but as these particular heads showed some of my most experimental and successful surfaces (I think), I though, what the heck, enter them. And, to my surprise, the installation with heads named "Rydiere" was selected. The second entry that reached the final is a group of four skulls I call "the First Family". All four pieces made the semi-final stage of the selections, which I was chuffed with already, so I was really happy that 2 of the 4 made the finals. Opening on 13 March in the Town Hall - it should be a special event as the Town hall is beautifual but has fallen into disuse, and is being reveived especailly for this." says Swanepoel.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tshwane South College Pottery classes

Pottery classes to start in February. Join this well equipped studio for pottery classes. We have 12 Wheels and ample working space, as well as Raku facilities. One of our students, Corne Joubert (image above) was the recipient of a New Signature award at the Glazecor Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition 2009.

For more information contact Marentia: 0845678296

Classes start: February 3, 9h00 12h00 and 18h00 to 21h00.
February 4, 9h00 to 12h00.

Porcelain Workshop


It has become apparent to me that there is a tremendous need for general and specialised instruction in the making of Porcelain in all it’s wonderful manifestations.

At the end of last year I started experimenting with different available porcelain bodies as well as making up a number of casting slips and have decided to offer a series of classes looking at exploring and working with Porcelain.

This course caters for absolute beginners and advanced students and anything that falls between these two categories. The course will be tailor-designed for each student’s individual needs.

We will also have visiting Porcelain Artists & Makers who are daily practitioners in this unique field of ceramic endeavour. Some of the people who will be visiting and sharing their knowledge with us are Katherine Glenday, Lisa Firer and Carolyn Heydenrych. Their work is featured on my gallery blog. The classes will be on a morning for three hours during the week.

Should this be of interest to you please mail me to discuss your needs and inclinations, or call (011) 726-6420.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gauteng AGM and David Walters workshop

Notice is hereby given that the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Gauteng Region of Ceramics Southern Africa will be held at the Tshwane South College, Centurion Campus, Pretoria on Saturday, 20 February 2010 at 09:00 for 09:30.

To coincide with the AGM:

David Walters, well known Cape ceramist, will be the guest presenter. He will give a presentation and talk on his own work and demonstrate his considerable skills on the wheel and in his decorating and firing processes. David has a great ability to inform and entertain as he works and his workshop should put us all into the right frame of mind as we develop our own work for the year.

After the AGM, David will commence the workshop with his presentation and talk. We will then break for lunch, whereafter David will commence the demonstration part of his workshop.

Refreshments will be available from 08:45 to 09:30 before the commencement of proceedings. The lunch break will be from 13:00 to 14:00. Please bring your own lunch – tea and coffee will be provided. Proceedings should conclude at approx. 16:00-16:30.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Traditional Smoke Firing

Smoke firing is an ancient traditional African technique. Pots are usually handmade using the coiling technique and the surface may be burnished prior to firing by rubbing with a suitable instrument of wood, steel or stone, to produce a polished finish that survives firing. It is possible to produce very highly polished wares when fine clays are used, or when the polishing is carried out on wares that have been partially dried and contain little water, though wares in this condition are extremely fragile and the risk of breakage is high.
An interesting method is used by Nic Sithole when his hand coiled pots are highly burnished and bisc fired in an electric kiln to 900 °C before the smoke firing. The pot is then covered with cardboard and newspaper, which is set alight. This second smoke firing takes about 20 - 30 minutes and the results are unpredictable and always very exciting. The pot is taken from the hot fire and polished immediately using ordinary floor polish. Once completely cooled, the pot is again polished until the surface is shiny. Only then can the artist see whether he has the results he was hoping to achieve.