Langa’s world of arts and culture

2018-07-26 06:01
Potter Luvuyo Matyi in the process of making a bowl. PHOTOs: simamkele mbanga

Potter Luvuyo Matyi in the process of making a bowl. PHOTOs: simamkele mbanga

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The Naledi Pottery Project situated in Langa’s Guga S’thebe is one of the places where tourists and locals can visit and get a first-hand look at how plates, cups and vases are made, from clay.

The place was opened in 2002. Funiswa Balisa is one of the three people who started there but is now the only one left amongst the six who are currently working at the shop.

The place makes sushi plates, eye plates, espresso cups and vases from scratch.

They also make personalised plates which people can place orders for. Hanging on the wall are some of the personalised plates they made for universities, locally and internationally.

The potters start off by moulding the plate, cup or vase into shape, then trim and leave it to dry before it is put in the kiln to bake. Afterwards, the decoration takes place and it then gets put back in the oven.

Finally they glaze it with powder and water.

“Business is very slow, especially in winter, and it would help if we had a website and bigger space to do our pottering,” said Luvoyo Matyi, an employee.

They don’t sell anywhere else but at their store and Matyi said that it limits the amount of people that see and purchase their stock.

The employees also train the youth on weekends. They would like to train more young people but lack the funds to do so.

Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre is a place that is dedicated to creating employment opportunities and empower people of Langa Township.

The place aims to provide services that will assist in educating people about starting and running their own businesses.

Its main focus is on arts and culture such as metal work and pottery. Guga S’thebe also has a community theatre where people can dance and hold arts and craft lessons, traditional dancing, choir practices, music and poetry.

The place has exhibition areas and art studios, a resource centre, storeroom facilities, a retail facility for arts and crafts, a workshop for metal work and pottery.

If anyone would like to place orders or donate funds, they can contact Luvuyo Matyi on 063 243 0242.

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