Ceramic artists honoured

2009-09-15 00:00

THE artists at Ardmore Ceramic Art are hard at work ahead of the ­Remembering Artists Past exhibition, which opens at the Caversham-based studio, on September 19.

The concept of honouring one’s ancestors is very strong in Zulu culture and that’s what the Ardmore artists try to do through this exhibition. All the works have been inspired by Ardmore artists who have died, including Bonnie Ntshali­ntshali and Wonderboy Nxumalo.

Painter Alex Shabalala, who has created a Wonderboy-inspired ­tureen, said he had chosen Nxumalo’s work as his inspiration because he worked in black and white. ­“Before I came to Ardmore, I was a print­maker at Caversham, so it was a natural choice,” he added. “It’s very important for us to do this because they showed us the way.”

His comments were echoed by sculptor Sabelo Khoza who has been at Ardmore for seven years and has made a guinea fowl tureen, inspired by the work of Phineas Mweli. “It’s not exactly the same but that’s not the point,” he says. “The aim is to honour those who have gone before.”

Alongside these works, visitors will be able to see designs by Petros Gumbi, whose work was recently ­selected for the new Halon Design Museum in Israel, Punch Shabalala, Sipho Mvelase, Roux Gwala, and up-and-coming artists such as Siyabonga Mabaso and Alex Shabalala.

Other attractions include the ­historical and cultural works in the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum; ­linocut prints that were produced by a team of artists from Ardmore and Caversham Centre, members of the Ukwaba CreACTive Centre and school children from the local ­community; and a specially priced section to give visitors the chance to own a bit of Ardmore.

Also exhibiting from 11 am on September 19 will be some of the original Midlands Meander Craft Guild members: Shuttleworth Weaving with a range of mohair throws, carpets and scarves; Groundcover with its Nguni leather products; and Corrie Lynne & Co with its solid wood furniture. A special range of earthenware by Michael Haig Ceramics will also be on display.


• The Remembering Artists Past ­exhibition runs until October 18.

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