Ceramic centre closes

2017-11-14 06:00

Art in the Forest (AITF) will close its doors and stop selling ceramic art ­tomorrow.

The gallery and ceramic art producer has been forced to shut down as the building in Cecilia Forest at Constantia Nek that it has been using for nine years has been sold.

The ceramic centre was a social enterprise and all profits went to community clay programmes for children and to mentor young artists.

The gallery showcased Southern African contemporary ceramics and hosted regular exhibitions.

Over the years, a forest-inspired range was produced on-site.

AITF provided training and mentoring opportunities for ceramicists.

Part of the foundation was to provide free clay classes to children from disadvantaged communities and schools, giving them access to art and creative expression.

AITF’s Anthony Record says in a statement they experienced the joy of creating handmade ceramics and the satisfaction of seeing their products find new homes with their clients for nine years.

“It has also been our pleasure to introduce the public to many exciting new ceramic artists and to sell their work in our gallery. We will continue to follow and support the careers of these artists,” he says.

AITF’s owner, the Light from Africa Foundation (LFAF), will continue its own outreach programmes providing creative opportunities and art therapy to disadvantaged youth under the direction of Almarie Pelser.

“Innovative new LFAF programmes are being designed and will soon be available on our new website. These programmes will focus on building resilience, confidence and self-esteem to help disadvantaged children become stronger and more confident individuals. We will continue fundraising to support our outreach programmes,” adds Record.

Record says they would like to thank everyone for their loyal support over the years.

“Our extraordinary project has changed many lives and would not have been possible without our loyal clients and partners. We offer you our deepest gratitude.

“Our hope is that you will continue to support the LFAF as we proceed with new programmes to serve needy children. It is so gratifying to see their eyes light up when their formerly hidden creativity comes to life,” he says.

Anthony Shapiro will take over their shop in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront fromFriday 1 December where he will continue to sell handmade ceramics.

He will also open a new pottery school at 75 Harrington Street in the CBD in January next year. V For more information contact Anthony Shapiro on 082 853 0988 or ­antshap@worldonline.co.za.

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