Tuesday, November 22, 2011

December Workshops at The Pottery Studio

We are planning 3 exciting workshops for December at The Pottery Studio, 24 Old Kilcullen Road, Bryanston, that you may be interested in attending;

Beer and Horesehair firings Tuesday 6th December 2pm onwards (about 2 hours)
v     Participants will have the opportunity to fire their pots in beer or using the horse hair technique! Bisqued pots need to be brought to the studio by 12 noon on the day before the firing - Monday 5th December, so they can be loaded in the outside kiln for firing early on Tuesday morning. The kiln will be ready to remove the pots around 2pm so that is when the fun begins and participants arrive!
v     Each person may fire 3 items – approx. 15cms X 15cms (let us know if you have something different in mind) Choose whether you want beer or horsehair!
v     If you need to use the studio to make your 3 items you may join any regular weekly class between now and the firing, and pay an additional R250 to make your items. Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between 9.30am and 12.30pm or evenings on Tuesday or Wednesdays between 6pm and 9pm. Please let us know if you’d like this option.
v     We will do the dangerous work of removing the pots from the red hot kiln – you get to take the masterpieces home the same afternoon.

Bottles by Donve Branch – fired using horsehair technique
Beer fired cats by Colleen & Michelle
Price for workshop – R200 (R450 if you choose the option to also attend a class to make your work) (We always need horsehair, please let us know if you have contacts.)

Funky Teapots Monday 12th December 9.30am to 1pm (3.5 hours)
v     Participants will each be given a 2-cuppa traditional Teapot, Milk jug and Sugar bowl in bisc. Michelle will give a short presentation to stimulate ideas – Art Deco, Impressionists, Festive, or whatever takes your fancy.
v     Firing and glazing will be done ready for Christmas.
v     Bring your own underglaze paints, brushes, 3D etc to qualify for low price of R300 all inclusive
v     Use studio underglaze paints if you do not have your own yet – R350 all inclusive

Price for bisc, firing and glazing – R300 (R350 if you use studio underglazes)
The Human Figure – Sketches in Clay Monday 19th December 9.30am to 3.30pm (5 hours with 1 hour lunch break)
v     Working from a live model, participants will make ‘sketches in clay’. Short poses encourage spontaneity and keen observation of form.
v     No previous experience necessary – absolute beginners welcome.
v     Choice of clay offered includes paperclay, smooth white stoneware, terracotta or grogged sculpture clay.
v     Price includes firing.
 Price for all materials and firing - R350

Bookings essential for all workshops. Please contact Colleen or Michelle if you have any questions or would like to book. Colleen Lehmkuhl – Colleen@potterystudio.co.za 073 481 0889 Michelle Legg – 083 730 0250

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



Cor 9th Street & Rustenberg Road Melville Johannesburg
10h00 – 16h00 DAILY

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 10h00–16h00
Enquiries : Caroline Schulz Vieira 082 4014213

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

In Dialogue With the Tea Bowl

This is a reminder to book for the short course In dialogue with the tea bowl which starts on Wednesday the 12th October with the participation in a Japanese Tea Ceremony held at the Japanese School at 12 – 20 Caledon Road, Emmarentia. This is a rare opportunity to experience and learn about a beautiful part of Japanese tradition.

I have changed the second week’s class to Tuesday, 18th October to accommodate Clarissa Hawthorn, former lecturer in ceramic history at the University of South Africa who has kindly agreed give us a talk and Power Point presentation on the philosophy of wabi sabi before we embark on the making of the tea bowls.

The aim of this course is to investigate the tea bowl, its origin, tradition and function. It is run as two modules.
The roots of the tea bowl are explored by first participating in a Japanese Tea Ceremony followed by making traditional Japanese tea bowls which will be fired in a Raku process. The history of Raku will be illustrated and explained in a short PP presentation.
  • October 12th – participation in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony performed at the Japanese School by a member of the Japanese Tea ceremony Association time 09.30 for 10.00-12.00
  • October 18th –talk by Clarissa Hawthorn, former lecturer at University of Johannesburg in ceramic history on the philosophy of wabi sabi
  • – making tea bowls using the wheel or pinching then carving the traditional way
  • October 26th – Raku firing if work is ready otherwise Sat 29th October
firing will take up most likely some of the afternoon depending on number of participants
Cost: R 1000 inclusive all materials and firings
Morning sessions on 18th and 26/29th October from 9.30 to 12.30
at Elsbeth Burkhalter Studio, 45 Kingfisher Drive, Fourways
contact home telephone 011 467 2624 mobile 082 3301066 e mail – tenmoku@global.co.za

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Urgent Sale!

Ultra-Furn Pottery Kiln with IPCO automatic controller in perfect working order

· 7 cubic feet

· Single phase 220v

· With the following: 8 shelves, 130 shelve stands, 3 tile stands holding 15 tiles each, 8 plate stands and other extras. Included in the above we will give you 3 large boxes of bisque ware with a variety of pots, plates, cups, vases, trays and many, many other items. Included: variety of glazes and colour paints.

R13 000.00
PLEASE CONTACT: 083 631 2618

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Workshops at Reduced Rates

The Gauteng Committee took a decision at a Committee meeting held on the 10th of September to “walk the extra mile for our members” by reducing the fees for the two remaining Gauteng Region workshops as follows:

Saturday 17 September – half day Tea light Workshop by Michelle Legg – Dineke den Bakker’s Studio – Vanderbijlpark –
Members: R150 / Non members: R300. (Previously advertised as R250 & R350 respectively). Please refer to our earlier reminder email for full details.

Saturday 15 October – full day Elza van Dijk Paper Clay workshop – Tshwane South College Centurion – 09:00-16:00
Members: R250 / Non members R400. (Previously advertised as R350 & R450 respectively).
Details of this workshop will be included in the September newsletter which should reach members by the end of September.

Members interested in taking advantage of this reduced rate special are invited to contact  Cynthia at 011 791 5153 /  ceramicssa@icon.co.za

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pocelain Tealight Workshop by Michelle Legg

Date: Saturday 17 September 2011

Venue: Dineke den Bakker’s studio – 6 Debussy Street Vanderbijlpark

Time: 09:00-13:00

Cost: Members: R250 – Non members R350

Bookings: Cynthia @ 011 791 5153 / email: ceramicssa@icon.co.zaall workshops payable in advance

This is a participating workshop. Porcelain will be sponsored by CPS.
Participants need to bring:

Ø     Lace or stamps to impress in the clay.

Ø     An apron, small container for water and small sponge.

Ø     A small paint bush for applying slip.

Ø     A rolling pin.

Michelle will be demonstrating the mixing of Porcelain paper clay.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We congratulate the following award winners and highly commended certificate recipients who were presented with these at the opening on the 11th of August:

Glazecor Premier Award

Michelle Legg, Golden Reef

Ndebele Milling & Mining Award

Hazel Sherman, Golden Reef

Lionheart Chemical Enterprises Award for Expression

Anton Bosch, Country

Belmont Ceramics Award for Function

Dale Lambert, Golden Reef

Potters Supplies & Mail Order Award

Nic Sithole, Golden Reef

Van Tuyl Kilns & Furnaces New Signatures Award

Caroline Janse van Rensburg, Golden Reef


Eunice Botes, Golden Reef

Sandy Godwin, Golden Reef

Rika Herbst, Golden Reef

Corné Joubert, Magalies

Margot Rudolph, Magalies

Anthony Shapiro, Golden Reef

Amalie von Maltitz, Golden Reef

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Catherine, Heather and Lisa request the pleasure of your company
at the opening of an exhibition of recent ceramic works.

There will be a discussion and a “walk-about” at 3pm
on the day the exhibition opens.
Refreshments will be served.

OPENING: Saturday 6th August 2011 - 10am to 5pm
PREVIEW: Friday 5th August 2011 - 10am to 5pm
TEL: 011 447 5804 MOBILE: 083 377 9076
WEBSITE: www.kimsacks.com EMAIL: kim@kimsacksgallery.com
ADDRESS: 153 Jan Smuts Avenue - Parkwood

GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - Saturday 10am to 5 pm
And any other time by appointment – and with great pleasure!
Secure parking on the Property

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Winter Workshop (Western Cape Region)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Workshop at University of Johannesburg

Former curator at the Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Wendy Gers currently lectures at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design, Valenciennes, France. She has authored various museum catalogue articles, and published in journals including Art South Africa, Ceramic Review, Stephen Welz & Sotheby's etc. She completed her MA (cum laude) on South African potteries from the 1950s and is currently undertaking her doctoral studies at the University of the Arts, London. Gers is a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg.
Venue: FADA Building, Bunting Road Campus, Room LG 35 in morning and FADA auditorium in afternoon.
Southern African Ceramics Workshop
9pm-1am (with a tea break) Southern African Ceramics Workshop: An overview of principal Modern potteries in Southern Africa, including a consideration of the problematics associated with the integration of indigenous traditions into Modern Western media (glazed stoneware domestic and artistic pottery).
The morning commences with a review of major trends and landmarks in Southern African ceramics from the 1950s to present. This will be followed with an informal round-table, where participants (potters / ceramists / artists) will requested to bring a work for discussion, and offer their opinion on 'where to now' with respect to their own work.
1pm-2pm Lunch (light lunch -- sandwiches provided)
2pm-3pm Lecture: SA Ceramics Industry 1655-1950 - The Colonial Cringe - A Postcolonial Perspective.
This lecture will survey the establishment of the ceramics industry in South Africa, from the earliest VOC pottery to the post-war period. Why did South Africa have such difficult time establishing a ceramics industry. The industry struggled intensely against a variety of difficulties, including the flotsam and jetsam of imported British and European ceramics. The lecture will also consider other factors influencing the industry, especially a sense of psychological inferiority experienced by the young nation. As we will see, the colonial cringe endured well into postcolonial period...
Venue: FADA Building, Bunting Road Campus, Room LG 35 in morning and FADA auditorium in afternoon.
For further information please contact Leora Farber: leoraf@uj.ac.za.
Please note that booking for the Friday workshop is essential.
Please contact Leora Farber -- leoraf@uj.ac.za -- to book a place.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tea Light workshop with Michelle Legg

Date: Saturday 23rd July 2011
Venue: Tshwane South College, Centurion Campus 
Time: 10:00-16:00
Cost: Members: R350 – Non members R450
Bookings: Cynthia @ 011 791 5153 / email: ceramicssa@icon.co.za
This is a participating workshop. Porcelain will be sponsored by CPS.

Participants need to bring:
Ø Clean modelling and cutting tools, especially a very sharp knife or NT cutter.
Ø Lace or stamps to impress in the clay.
Ø An apron, small container for water and small sponge.
Ø A small paint bush for applying slip.
Ø A rolling pin.

Directions to Tshwane South College, Centurion Campus
Please note: the Trichardt Road off ramp to the Tshwane South College is closed.
Herewith the directions for the alternative route
Drive on the N14 pass the Jean Avenue off ramp.
Take the first off ramp after the Jean Avenue off ramp, that is the M10, Wierda Road, Sunderland Ridge off ramp.
Turn left towards Garsfontein. At the first traffic light, turn left (Selbourne Avenue).
Turn left at the traffic circle (there is no indication of a street name). Carry on until you reach Tshwane South College on the right hand side. It is opposite the on ramp to the N14 South.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Carolyn Heydenrych’s Workshop in Magaliesburg

Join me in my farm house for two lovely days of clay. You will build and decorate your own stoneware pot, and I will demonstrate the making of a teapot. Beginners are welcome.

The workshop will run over Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of July. I will provide Teas and hot Lunches. Magaliesburg is just over an hour’s drive from Sandton, and there are a number of B&Bs close by for accommodation.
The cost of the workshop is R1 200,00
8 places only.
Carolyn is an Architect, but has decided to devote her time to ceramics. She builds vessels with strong architectural imagery, ranging from large stoneware vessels to more delicate porcelain teapots and lamps. Her tea set won the Premier prize at the CSA Gauteng Regional in 2010, and was acquired for the Corobrik Collection.
Cell No. 082 728 7829 email Carolyn@heydenrych.com

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Do Not Miss It

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Clay Festival

Clay Festival ‘11

Sat/Sun 4/5 June 2011

cor. Dolores Avenue & King Street
Hours:  09:00-17:00

An exciting line up of workshops and presentations by
leading ceramists from across the country






Information & Booking:  Cynthia McAlpine
Tel. 011 791 5153  /  Fax:  011 791 5076


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CLAY FESTIVAL 2011 - Hennie Meyer Workshop

CLAY FESTIVAL 2011 is happening soon. For those of you attending the Hennie Meyer Workshop this is a list of Tools and materials you need to bring with you:
Pair of scissors
Ballpoint pen
NT- cutter or other sharp cutting tool
Carving tool
Old bankcard/ plastic card
Some brushes (to paint with)
Slip trailer (or baby enema works well)
Masking tape
250ml Measuring cup/ jug
Underglazes  (3-4 colours will be great)
Coloured slips -  if you have any

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Easter Exhibition

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Wood-firing Workshop with Paul de Jongh

Millstone Pottery Wood-firing Workshop 29, 30 April & 1 May 2011

An intimate week-end workshop celebrating this ancient and time-honoured firing method; for ceramicists, potters and other romantics wanting to have work fired in a wood-fired kiln. Specialised attention to all attendees.

Make your pots at a pre-firing teabowl workshop to ensure your efforts are rewarded when firing the kiln. This workshop will be held on 9 April at CPS in Somerset West.

Workshops and events planned over the week-end include:

• decorating and glazing for wood-firing with Paul de Jongh
• firing of train or salt kiln
• participatory continuous slab building with Hennie Meyer
• powerpoint presentation with Clementina van der Walt
• "Elemental" - a film about Ken Matsuzaki, a Japanese wood-firing potter
• journey along the McGregor art route

Cost: R2 000 for the workshops, inclusive of food on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Camping facilities available. Please book by 1 April.

Email: millstone@breede.co.za Web: www.millstonepottery.co.za Tel: (023) 625 1599

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kilns and Rollers for sale

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Mask Workshop with Brigid Pohl

Bookings are now open for THE MASK
participating sculpture workshop with Brigid Pohl
SATURDAY 26 March 2011 – 09:00-13:00
Ceramic Studio Berario Recreation Centre cor Dolores Ave & King Street Berario Johannesburg
Cost: Members R250 – Non members R350
All bookings payable in advance – FNB Westgate branch code 250841 – a/c no. 56340006555 – a/c name: Ceramics SA Gauteng – confirmation of payment by fax or email – Ref.: Your name/The Mask.
Participants to bring an apron, a towel, your own tools and your creative inspiration!

Material donations from Belmont Ceramics (Paper Clay) and PSMO (Underglazes)

Bookings through Rose Hobson – 011 477 8376 / 082 854 6542 / email: rosehobson@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pottery with Anthony Shapiro at 'The Clay Pot'

Renowned ceramic designer/ maker, Anthony Shapiro is running classes at The Clay Pot, 374 Louis Botha Ave, Maryvale, on:
Tuesday Mornings from 9 to 12
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 6 to 9
Saturday Afternoons from 2 to 5
R750.00 per month includes clay, firing and basic glazes

For further information or booking contact Anthony on O82 853 0988
or antshap@worldonline.co.za

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Julia K Ceramics

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Gauteng members will start the year with a well known international artist, Paul Young, presenting our first workshop – free to members.
Paul makes two major statements on his website:
“My aim is to fulfil a need, a desire and a passion for making”
“My hope is to convey a joy, narrative and intrigue for the viewer”
He has been working with clay for more than twenty-five years , being influenced mainly by English earthenware, slipware and European folk art.
His studio is a converted Victorian railway station in the Midlands from which he produces exciting decorative and domestic pieces which he shows at most of the major ceramic fairs in the U.K.
His work also features in many private and public collections, including the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Paul will start the workshop with a power point presentation giving a delightful insight into his “world of clay” and will then deconstrate his signature decorative work and domestic pieces which he will use to show us his slip trailing techniques.
This is certainly a workshop you will not want to miss.

Workshops on Low Firing Reduction with Elsbeth Burkhalter

Reduction firings have always been my passion and the main reason why I make things in clay. As a mad pyromaniac I am offering two participating workshops in March and April 2011. I have limited participation for both workshops to 10 people to be able to give everyone my full attention and guidance.
There will be a 20% price reduction if both workshops are booked at the same time.

Raku workshop
This workshop is intended for people who want to experience a Raku firing, learn how to make up simple glazes, build a simple kiln and get familiar with various post firing methods. We will work with traditional lustre Raku glazes and the “naked Raku” effect.
Participants will bring 4 bisque pots made according to specifications that I will mail to people who have booked. I will also provide slips and terra sigillata if wanted. Notes with glaze recipes, materials used and firing techniques are available on completion of the workshop.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, 5th March 2011 from 9 a.m – 5 p.m at my studio
Bring lunch to share, Tea and Coffee will be provided. Cost R 1000 inclusive.

Smoke Firings in an Urban Environment
In this workshop you will explore various ways of saggar firing (black and multi colour effects) and simulate a pit firing in a barrel. The workshop will be held over a weekend.
For out of town participants accommodation for 2-3 people can be provided as I also run a bed & breakfast business under the name of Kingfisher Lodge (see my page on Facebook) reduced rates will apply.
Participants may bring up to 8 pots made to instructions received by mail after booking. Terra Sigillata will be provided at the same time. On completion of the workshop you will also receive notes.
The workshop will be held at my studio Saturday 3rd April 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday 4th April 9 am to 1 pm. Bring lunch to share, tea and coffee provided. Cost: R 1200 inclusive.

For more information and booking contact me at: 011 467 2624
cell 082 330 1066
email: tenmoku@global.co.za and visit http//:elsbethburkhalter.blogspot.com