Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Join us on Saturday at the KZNSA for an artists' walkabout of Jetteke de Vries' Discovering Home. This collection explores the concept of home and what it means to belong, as the artist expounds on the journey of identity and belonging which is captured in the lives and narratives of three generations of female protagonists. Don't miss what promises to be an enriching morning with this talented young artist.
 Please note - filming or recording of any part of this walkabout will not be permitted. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Discovering Home
This exhibition centres on the concept of home and what it means to belong. This journey of identity and belonging is captured in the lives and narratives of three generations of female protagonists. The catalyst for this exhibition was the discovery of my own dislocated identity after immigrating to the Netherlands at the age of thirteen. I discovered that my mother and my grandmother had suffered a similar trauma in that their identities were also fractured and dislocated due to moving between Southern Africa and the Netherlands throughout their lives.
The work is linked to memories of the protagonists; it is rooted in my mother’s memories of her mother and my memories and perceptions of my grandmother and my mother. Researching my family’s history of dislocation revealed a wealth of stories and imaginings that I was unaware of.   An exploration of the cultural dislocation of three generations of women in my family became the guiding force for this body of work. Spanning this body of work to include three generations gives me the opportunity to reflect on how time and space affects identity and the type of dislocation that is felt. Even though the three protagonists share a sense of cultural dislocation, the circumstances and extent of this dislocation was different for each protagonist. The type of dislocation that occurs is dependent on a particular time and the geographical space each protagonist inhabited.
The exhibition juxtaposes Southern Africa and the Netherlands in an inter-personal cultural context. Culture and identity are inextricably linked concepts and I investigate the difficulties experienced by the protagonists in their pursuit of negotiating what it means to have a dislocated cultural identity.

Digby Hoets Studio Exhibition

Saturday 15 November 2014
9am to 6pm 

Second exhibition by Digby Hoets and students
at his studio at 125, Springfield Rd, Carlswald, Midrand
We will provide be tea, coffee, home-made lemonade, biscuits, muffins etc
You are welcome to bring your own picnic. 011 468 2591 082 927 6606
DIRECTIONS: From N1 take New Rd off ramp and follow signs for Crowthorne.  Turn left at traffic light into 7th Rd (Indigo Nursery) and first right into Springfield.  The studio is the second property on the left and has a wooden fence.  Use the second gate which will be open. 
GPS S 25° 58’46 E 28° 06’21
Credit cards accepted (Mastercard and Visa)


Hortus Conclusis Brunsefelsia
Siobhan O'Reagain
28 October - 16 November 2014
Main & Mezzanine Galleries
This exhibition consists of an installation of porcelain works and drawings that reflect a personal interpretation of the garden, using both fine art and botanical approaches.

The porcelain works and drawings explore plant forms and garden implements.  While the garden is traditionally seen as a “piece of ground” (Allen,1990:485) adjoining a house, this exhibition explores the garden as representing   growth, adornment, and  refuge; a reflection of metamorphosis and life cycles, migration, and the changing of seasons. This transience and fragility is echoed in the use of porcelain, itself delicate and translucent.

The exhibition postulates the garden as a metaphor of our lives; representative of our present, yet intrinsically linked with our past in terms of self, culture, spirituality, circumstance, emotion, social standing, labour and the heritage of colonialism.   This heritage is explored using indigenous and exotic plants from my garden and the Botanic Gardens.

This interpretation of the garden encourages the viewer to personalise, re-think and re-conceptualise past gardens of memory, and those of the present in a way which both make the garden meaningful, tangible and uniquely relevant to their lives.
In addition, it demonstrates the importance of the garden, whether public or private, as a reflection of our lives.
- Siobhan O'Reagain

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Potters / Christmas Market at the Association of Arts Pretoria

Chris Patton's work at our last market

Sunday 7 December 2014 from 10h00 to 16h00

Many of us do not know that there are many galleries and studios in Pretoria and where they are located.   To guide art lovers, a group of gallery owners, curators and artists decided to organize an ART MEANDER so to call, art-roundabout, on the first Sunday of every month from 10h00 to 17h00.   This meander gives art lovers the unique opportunity to plan their visits to galleries and studios in a leisurely manner, to explore and to enjoy the company of other lovers of the arts and to continually discover new works of art. 

To coincide with the monthly ART MEANDER the Association of Arts Pretoria will host a Pottery/Christmas market on its premises on Sunday, 7 December 2014 from 10h00 to 16h00.  There will be an exhibition by Elizabeth Riding inside the gallery with the ‘Pottery Market’ tables surrounding the building – this is where ceramic artists can meet the public and discuss their work on offer.  It is a unique opportunity for Ceramics SA members to interact with those persons who come to look and buy and with one another.

The cost of a table is R200-00 per exhibitor.  Tables will be provided by the Association of Arts, exhibitors must however bring their own tablecloths, chairs, umbrellas, gazebos, etc.  No commission will be taken and each member is responsible for his or her sales.  Exhibitors can start setting up between 08h30 and 09h30 in order to be ready for the public at 10h00.  We are certain that we will have a good turn out and that this Potters market on Sunday 7 December 2014 will be the beginning of a two monthly market on our premises.
To book a table please complete the enclosed booking form and email to before 15 November 2014.   Table fees must be paid into the Association’ of Arts bank account upon booking.  

Association of Arts Pretoria | ABSA | Brooklyn Branch (632005) | 1500173900
Reference:  Name and Surname

For more details contact Pieter or Nandi on 012 346 3100 or

Kind regards
Pieter & Nandi

Association of Arts Pretoria

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nici Brockwell Exhibition

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

For Sale

TYPE:        640
VOLTS:      380
PHASE:      3+N
SER NO:    DK 964
AMP:        15/PHASE
K.W.:        9.9
CODE:      2082312
Price:  R9 000.00 onco

with 0,37kW motor for R2800.00 (picture attached)
R2 800.00

has a plate on the front which reads "Clayman Pottery Equipment" - measures 930 x 490
R4 500.00 onco

Lesley Bekker
Neophitou Family Administrator
Cnr William Nicol Drive and Ormonde Street, Bryanston
P.O Box 67558,Bryanston 2021
Tel: +27 11 700 – 9026 or 082 852 6499
Fax: +27- (0)86-505-1098

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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"In my work I use ceramic vessels (izinkamba) as a premise to challenge, question, comment on certain aspects of rules and laws that serve as guidelines when creating ceramic vessel. I use them to comment on social and personal aspects of my life. My vessels are designed with a variety of angular, straight and geometric patterns that make reference to “amasumpa”".

“I also introduce other material on the surface of the vessel such as goat hide and I consciously create the imbalance when the vessel is seated and slightly skewing the vessel giving it a tilted appearance. In addition to this I break its functionality by closing its top which again challenges the notion of how traditional pots are viewed in terms of use and their function,” he explains.

“My vessels are inspired by traditional domestic vessels that were previously produced for functional purposes. However, I bring in a distinct voice, a design identity, that reflects my ideologies and my thoughts. This then transforms the vessel giving it a totally unique look that is contemporary and reflective of today’s culture,” he continues.

“In essence my work subverts and challenges the traditional canons of vessel making. I achieve this by playing around with essential elements of traditional domestic vessels, such as the form of the vessel, shape, size and the inconsistence of a design on the surface of the vessel. I am mostly interested in the design the shape and the form of the vessel which gives a voice to my work.”
Luthuli graduated in Fine Art at DUT in 2011. He is a regular participant in group exhibitions and showcases across the country, and had work in Earth Revelations: A Conversation in Clay in 2012 in New York. In 2013 he was awarded Highly Commended Certificate at the Ceramics Southern Africa, Regional Exhibition held at KZNSA in Durban; in 2012 he was given a Merit Award at the Ceramics Southern Africa, Regional Exhibition held at Art Space Durban and in 2010 he was a Premier Award winner at the Ceramics Southern Africa, National Exhibition held at The Gallery at Grande Provence. (Western Cape Region).

A series of workshops, walkabouts and events will accompany the exhibition.

The Durban Art Gallery (DAG) is open seven days a week: Monday until Saturday from 8.30am until 4pm, and Sunday from 11am until 4pm. Entry is free and all are welcome! For more info, contact the Gallery on 031 311 2264 / 9 or

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Potters' Market this Saturday

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Van Tuyl kiln for sale

Almost brand new kiln only been fired four times. Works excellently and is in good condition.
Only requires single phase, domestic power supply.
Comes with fully programmable Van Tuyl micro processor, digital controller, connection cable, flexible conduit and main switch.
Includes 9 shelves protected by kiln wash and 18 props.
Capable of firing the full range of ceramic wares up to porcelain temps.
Amount: R18 000
Collection would be from Douglasdale

Contact details Gaylyn Pearsall

Closing Sale

Arisda Ceramics Galore 

   30 cub ft kiln @ R23 000  in excellent condition with new bricks and elements

         2 x 20 cub ft kilns @ R9000 ea in good condition with new elements

         Corwel  jigger @ R5000.  Used to produce coffee mugs.

         Vertical jigger @ R8000. Production of dinnerware etc.  Can make an undercut.

         XL Vertical jigger @ R8000 for producing basins, prep bowls & XL pots.

         Flat bed / vacuum bed silk screen printer with screen development equipment & silk screen frames @       R15 000.  Used to print ceramic decals.

         Heavy duty exhibition trailer @ R18000
         Finished stoneware product including water features, dinnerware, coffee sets, basins etc.

Other items available
         Kiln shelves 450 mm x 600 mm & 300 mm x 450 mm
         Variety of master moulds from R100
         Production moulds from R2 ea
         Profiles from R50 ea
         Slip cast moulds from R10 ea
         Stoneware bisque
         Handle extruder @ R700
         Other handy small equipment such as banding wheels etc
         Wooden shelves (rakkies) for exhibiting coffee mugs
         Underglaze, onglaze

For more info and detailed prices please phone or e-mail  Alida 083 441 2754, Location Pretoria.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


In working order
Internal measurements:
Width 37.5cm
Breadth 37.5cm
Depth 34.5cm
Operates on a 220 volt 3 prong plug
No Model number but it was bought from Pretoria Kiln Works.

Requesting Price of Kiln: R7,500 or nearest cash offer

The Kiln is situated in Greymont, West Rand
Contact details: Adel Den Dulk
Cell: 084 587 4040

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hare(i)tage on Heritage Day

 On Heritage Day the 24th September a professional storyteller will bring the Hare(i)tage exhibition, at the Origins Centre to life.

Mischievous, debonair, unpredictable, patiently tolerated and indestructible, Hare is the central character in this exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Lindy van Hasselt

At 10am and again at 11.30am you will be spellbound as the stories behind the sculptures are told.

The artist will be available for walkabouts at 9.30 am and 11am.

ENTRANCE IS FREE, the SAHARA exhibition is still running, the permanent exhibits are gorgeous and Café Fino's coffee rocks.

Where else would you want to be on Heritage Day?

The Centre is open daily from 10am – 5pm
Address: Cnr Yale & Enoch Sontonga, Wits University, Braamfontein

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Now is the time to book your table for the Potters’ Market at the Association of Arts Pretoria on Saturday, October 4.  The jacarandas will be flowering and we hope to have hundredsof visitors coming to see what we do.

This has been planned as part of a ceramic event, with a special exhibition inside the gallery,  and all the tables surrounding the building, where the potters, sculptors, ceramic artists will be  there to meet the public and discuss the work on offer.
During the morning a walkabout inside the gallery will introduce the work on show to the visitors.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all the members to interact with each other and with those who come to look and buy.

There will be a tea garden where visitors can relax and meet their friends. Last year the tea garden sold out very early but we have a new team who will make sure that everything works well.

Table fees are R200 and can be paid into the CSA account when you book your table.
For further information contact Cynthia at Tel. 011 791 5153 or e-mail   

KZN Regional Exhibition


                                                                      Gallery times:
Monday closed, Tues-Fri 9-5
Sat 8-4, Sun 10-3

Exhibition closes Sunday 3rd August

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gauteng Regional Winners

Congratulations to all the Ceramics Southern Africa
Gauteng 2014 G & W Mineral Resources
One of Eunice's exquisite pieces 
Ndebele Milling & Mining Premier Award   
Eunice Botes - Body of Work

Glazecor Award   
Dale Lambert – Blue Vessel with Black Rim

Ultra-Furn Award   
Sandra Godwin –  Black & White Porcelain Bowl

Melanie Robinson Award   
Nici Brockwell – Body of Work

Lionheart Chemicals Plaster of Paris Award   
Madoda Fani – Body of Work

Belmont Ceramics Award   
Mathiba Molefe-Simelane – Body of Work

Potters Supplies & Mail Order Award   
Beulah Vermaak – 2 Wall Plates ‘Face with Blue Glaze’

Van Tuyl Kilns New Signature Award   R1 000
Hansraj Mitha – Green Raku Vase

Jean Beckley - Body of Work
Colleen Lehmkuhl – Blue & Brown Wild Vessel
Monica van den Berg -  Head
Christine Williams -  Porcelain ‘Horse’ Decoration

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Opening this Sunday

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Studio Assistant Required

Part time pottery studio assistant required in Randburg area


Must have good references. Experience with wheel work, hand work and glazing required.  One day per week OR WHEN NEEDED.  Must have a good character, honest, gentle, good with kids and hard working.  You will be required to teach kids wheel work and do wheel throwing, glazing, slab rolling, wedging, recycling of clay and cleaning the studio occasionally. Must live close to Randburg or Cresta shopping mall area. Contact Heleen at:


Friday, May 9, 2014

For Sale

Small, round, top loading kiln measuring 23 cm in depth and 25 cm in diameter
Temperature controlled by TOHO CN40 temperature controller
In working order
Located in Highlands North Extension.  Easily portable.
Price R1,500.00  ONO

Contact Wendy Johnson - Telephone  011 440 5652

Friday, March 28, 2014

Exhibition of Work

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

4 Workshops in One Day

Saturday 15 March Tshwane South College, Centurion
Sign up to participate in any two and have the chance to eavesdrop on the other two.
10.00 to 12:00 - morning workshop of your choice
12:00 to 13.00 - all break for lunch and fellowship - a light snack will be provided.
13.00 to 15.00 - afternoon workshop of your choice.

Details of the materials, tools etc. you will need for each workshop will be sent to you when you book.

These are all participating workshops and each is structured so that you can complete a piece in that time framework.

BOOK NOW – Contact Cynthia McAlpine on or 011 791 5153.
Cost R300 (members) R400 (non-members) - please note the price applies to the full day and there will be no discount if only one workshop is attended.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Porcelain Workshop by Antoinette Badenhorst

Antoinette Badenhorst will be presenting a 5 day participating porcelain workshop at
The Pottery Studio – Bryanston.
Introduction – Sunday evening 13th July 2014,
followed by a participating
Workshop of 5 days - Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July
Aimed at medium to experienced potters, Antoinette will demonstrate her throwing, altering, turning and carving techniques using CPS porcelain. Antoinette will also demonstrate her use of press moulds to create handbuilt pots in combination with other techniques. Thereafter Antoinette will guide participants throughout the week to develop the techniques into their own individual style.
The workshop is intensive and challenging. Numbers are limited to ensure individual attention.
Price inclusive of porcelain and firing. List of other tools and materials will be sent on confirmation of booking.
Coffee & tea provided, please bring own lunch.
Cost: R3 500      50% deposit secures booking.  Balance before end of June 2014.
Artists Statement
While living in Southern Africa I became aware of the rhythm of nature. Rhythmic ripples in sand dunes and dry river beds in the semi-desert areas of Namibia, warped and gnarled trees, struggling for survival and varying stones, stacked on top of each other or scattered guilelessly by Mother Nature, was part of my everyday experience.
Mississippi with its singing Mockingbird and luscious trees exposed me to different rhythms and new nuances developed often in my work. Tornadoes, abundant water and extreme climate changes offer new opportunities for expression. 
In Chicago I had to adjust to long and harsh winters. The first snow of the season left me in awe when it brought peace and quietness over the city. Summers and winters were equally beautiful and I started to incorporate the beauty and the motion of the seasons into my works. 
I am back in Mississippi in my former studio. Gone from the hustle and bustle of the city, overlooking some fields and experiencing the quietness of small country life, brought my life in a full circle; the cycles of life.
If some elements from my experiences are apparent in my ceramic art and people can connect with those aspects of my life, I would consider myself successful.
Current Work
Translucent porcelain sculptural vessels wheel thrown and press molded, often altered and/or combined with each other. 
Small teapots; the artist pays special attention to lids, spouts and handles as if it will be functioning to hold and pour tea.
Workshop information:  Antoinette focuses on the following:
- To throw and trim porcelain to become thin and translucent
- To create press molds and use them in combination with hand building, pinching and wheel thrown techniques 
- To alter and manipulate porcelain 
- To use paper porcelain to your advantage
Background History
Antoinette is a native from South Africa, Afrikaans speaking, and currently living in Mississippi, USA. Her career as ceramic artist started in 1981 when she took basic pottery classes. 

Her teaching studio was founded in 1985 and she taught pottery to children and adults in formal and informal environments. 

After immigrating to the USA, she taught potters in workshops, demonstrations and presentations in her studio as well as in schools and colleges across the USA. She obtained permanent residency for her family because of her extraordinary ability in the field of ceramics.

Mostly self-taught, she attended shortened classes and workshops by acclaimed leaders in the ceramic profession.

During her teaching career, she wrote several articles in Afrikaans and English and had her work published in several books and magazines. She was also featured on local TV stations.

She did group and one-man shows in South Africa, United States and Japan and her award winning works are in several collections across the world.

She specialized in porcelain clay, first primitively fired and later with translucent porcelain, specifically Southern Ice.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ruthanne Tudball Workshops

Ruthanne Tudball
Internationally renowned ceramicist
Soda-glazed ceramics
Workshops in McGregor, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth & Gauteng, April/May 2014
Millstone Pottery has invited Ruthanne Tudball to present a 3-day workshop at our studio in McGregor in April. The workshop will include slide presentations, throwing demonstrations, kiln packing and soda glaze firing.   Whilst in the country, Ruthanne will also give day-long workshops in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Gauteng.**

 Ruthanne is an expert in the art of soda glazing, and has published a highly acclaimed book on the subject “Soda Glazing” published by A&C Black. Ruthanne’s ceramics are distinct in several respects. Foremost is the method she uses to create her work. “All of my work is thrown and manipulated while wet on the wheel. In an attempt to capture the softness in the finished piece, I do very little turning, and when the turning is done, it mainly happens at the soft stage. After firing and transforming the clay to stone, that softness can still be seen.” Her work is very organic and imprecise. She draws her inspiration from the natural world around her and the energy in the evolving landscape. Ruthanne’s second unique approach is in her firing technique. She uses a combination of wood and gas – uses no glazes but instead slips and the heated ash to transform her work. The careful stacking of the kiln encourages the flow of the flame and vapour through the chamber and around the pots.“Sodium vapour glazing emphasises the marks and rhythms of making, picks out every line. Spouts and lips for pouring, handles to invite lifting and balance, feet for stability and elegance – these are some aspects of looking at function and sharing with others which hold my attention when making pots. My inspiration comes mainly from the natural world around me and the energy in the evolving landscape, celebrating the rhythms and creative forces of the earth and the human body.”

 Come and learn her techniques... see Ruthanne demonstrate throwing, manipulating and assembling pieces while fresh on the wheel. She will also share a slide presentation of her techniques for creating slip-decorated stoneware vapour fired in a wood/gas kiln. To find out more about Ruthanne, visit her website:
 Take Hennie Meyer’s advice: “Everyone working with clay should attend this workshop, whether they throw or not. Ruthanne works with clay in a magical way, really understanding and working with the properties of soft clay. I think this is the workshop that people will refer to as the one they wish they had attended." The 3-day workshop will be held at Millstone Pottery in McGregor, from 26 to 28 April 2013 and will cost R3 000, including meals. You will have an opportunity to put pots into a wood-fired soda kiln during the workshop. 
The 1-day workshops, at a cost of R450 per person, will be held at:**
  • Art in the Forest, Cape Town on 23 April
  • NMMU, Port Elizabeth on 3 May
  • The Pottery Studio, Bryanston, Gauteng on 6th May

To book, or for more information, please contact:
McGregor: Nina Shand or Paul de Jongh, 023 625 1599, 072 544 2145,
Cape Town: Bianca, Almarie or Christine, 021 794 0291,
Port Elizabeth: Lisa Walker, 082 516 9220,
Gauteng:  Colleen Lemkuhl, 073 481 0889,

Monday, February 3, 2014


Lynne from DISH in Parkhust is selling 2 small top loading electric kilns, ideal for potters making small work, or as a test kiln. Lynne inherited the kilns when she bought the business and has never switched them on. They each have manual controls and a few shelves. The kilns would require some work by a kiln repair person before being in a workable condition
Kiln 1

Kiln 2

Price for each kiln – R1 500 Voetstoots!

Please contact Lynne at DISH on 011 447 1071 if you wish to buy one
stipulate whether you want Kiln 1 or Kiln 2. Kilns can be collected from:
38, 6th Street
Tel.: 011 447 1071

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Southern Ice Porcelain

I have been working with Australian Southern Ice Porcelain which has given me excellent results and much joy.
Cape Pottery Supplies is no longer importing it.
I would like to know whether anyone has bags (opened; hard; whatever) of Southern Ice, lying around their studios, that they would be willing to sell.
Alternatively, I am happy to organise a shipment, if I have enough committed porcelain workers to make it viable. 
Please contact me.
Hazel:  083 600 4435