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Every person on earth who are blessed enough to be able to
express themselves creatively and wish to develop this skill has one of two options: You can either approach your education
formally through tertiary institutions or you can learn the skill from masters within the field. I chose to learn from and work with masters whom I consider to be great. Names who stand out and from whom I have learned the most includes Ken Collins and Kim Sacks.
I started my career in studio ceramics and later progressed to
commercial production. My clients included Homeware and
Boutique interior stores as well as 5 star game lodges, both locally and international.
My work has been featured in various interior and glossy magazines. Some of my work also featured on the sets
of advertisements and South African TV soapies. Commissioned
works included pieces for local and international celebrities.
After the sale of my Commercial Production Facility I reverted back to studio ceramics where I concentrate on the creation of fine art pieces. I also publish a quarterly electronic magazine titled Into Ceramics, accessible on intoceramics.com
During the course of my career to date I have contributed to the enhancement of the accessibility of Ceramics to the consumer market in South Africa. One of the things that I am most proud of is that my work brings the element of design to ceramics. This process allowed me to experiment with new methods of firing and the further development of raw materials in conjunction with suppliers. I see myself as a mentor and inspiration to aspiring young talent.
In my current body of work I deal with Violence as a theme. Our society has accepted violence as part of everyday life and is often in denial about it. The numbers appearing on the work are statistics for assault, rape and murder. The pieces show the scars of manufacturing instead of being perfectly finished, reflecting the ugly side of the story. Lace and florals are used to make it look pretty, thus denying the reality. Quotes on the pieces are from love songs and children[0x1]s rhymes - violence and abuse often are inflicted by people you love.
I am celebrating 25 years in Ceramics in 2009. Currently I am exploring unusual surface finishes, and produce work with a message rather than functional pieces. I was nominated by the Department of Trade and Industry as an IKON of South African craft in 2009.
1991 Corobrick Award For Low Fired Ware
1992 Sculpture - Ekhuruleni Fine Art Competition
2000 Gold Award - Tableware SARCDA International
2002 Gold Award [0x1] Gift of the Year SARCDA International
2003 Gold Award [0x1] Gift of the Year SARCDA International
2003 Elle Decoration WOW Award for South African product
1990 Group Exhibition: Ateljee Thijs Nel
1991 Group Exhibition: Ateljee Thijs Nel
1992 – 2007 SARCDA International trade shows
1999 New York International trade show
2000 New York International trade show
1998 – 2004 Various trade and craft shows in Europe and the USA
2007 Group Exhibition Association of the Arts, Pretoria
2008 Group Exhibition Upstairs Bamboo
2008 Group Exhibition Artspace Gallery
1991 – 2009 Participated in Various Regional and National exhibitions of CSA
2008 Group Exhibition Association of the Arts, Pretoria
2009 Two Person Exhibition Upstairs at Bamboo
2009 Group Exhibition Opening of Artspace Warehouse
2009 Opening Exhibition Sandton CDC
2009 Group Exhibition Artspace Gallery
2009 Group Exhibition CDC Gauteng
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