An exhibition of ceramics by three women who have a creative connection to Denmark
Clementina Van Der Walt
OPENING: Saturday 15th September 2012 - 10am to 5pm
PREVIEW: Friday 14th September 2012 - 10am to 5pm
The exhibition closed on Monday 8th October 2012.
Cloth & Clay
Saturday 19th May 2012 - 10am till 5pm - Saturday 16th June 2012
Aboubakar Fofana and Katherine Glenday have had several creative engagements over the past years, sharing their respective mastery and cultural fascination with cloth and clay and their relationship to the earth and the continent they originate from.
Aboubakar has worked with indigo and textile design and has studied calligraphy from many cultures. He is a master dyer and his work is shown from Japan to America. He is currently working on collections for a New York based fashion house while the the Museum of Art and Design have his work in their permanent collection. He teaches master classes in calligraphy in Paris.
Katherine’s work has been exhibited since 1983. It can be found in many public collections in South Africa and she has won many major awards for her work. It is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Like Aboubakar she has explored her material for thirty years and has an expertise with porcelain that is unparalled. Her engagement with collaborations between artists and musians and dancers, and her interest in drawing connections between people and their practice is what has inspired this exhibition.
An exhibition of exquisite objects
made for contemplation,
ceremony or for every-day use.
OPENING: Saturday 3rd December 2011 - 10am to 5pm
The exhibition will close at the end of January 2012.
Katherine Glenday - David Walters - Hennie Meyer - Ralph Johnson
Kim Sacks - Paul de Jongh - Lisa Ringwood - Heather Mills - Sarah Walters
Carolyn Heydenrych - John Newdigate - Christo Giles - Loren Kaplan
Mish Middlemann - Nina Shand - Hylett Engelbrecht - Clementina van der Walt
Heartworks - Noleen Read – Karen Kotze – Tania Babb – Andrew Walford
Tea is a drink that dates back across the centuries, forming part of the history of five continents, each country - over time, developing it’s own rituals and adapting the beverage to suit it’s own tastes.
Good for the mind and good for the body, tea has always enjoyed an image of purity and serenity. During the last twenty years or so – we have, in fact, witnessed not only a growing trend among Westerners to “rediscover” this drink, but also among the people of Asia, and among the Japanese in particular. Tea, with its regional roots and cultural associations, reflects both ancient and modern values.
There are many countries all over the world – from Asia to Africa that tea is an everyday drink and, in some cases, has been for centuries. In others, though, it has only been drunk for a hundred years or so...
A spiritual beverage associated with Buddhism in China, it’s country of origin, tea went on to conquer all the continents of the world, becoming a drink to be shared and given in hospitality.
Whatever the country, whether consumer or producer, tea has been absorbed into it’s tradition and now forms part of the collective memory of the people as if it had always been there. Each country has also developed its own conventions for drinking tea and adapted it to suit the local palate – thus providing an opportunity for a wonderful journey of discovery for the senses across the continents.
Catherine, Heather and Lisa request the pleasure of your company
at the opening of an exhibition of recent ceramic works.
There will be a discussion and a “walk-about” at 3pm
on the day the exhibition opens.
Refreshments will be served.
OPENING: Saturday 6th August 2011 - 10am to 5pm
PREVIEW: Friday 5th August 2011 - 10am to 5pm
Clementina van der Walt - From the Table, to the Wall, and Back.
Clementina van der Walt requests the pleasure of your company
at the opening of an exhibition of recent ceramic works.
There will be a discussion and a “walk-about” at 3pm on the day the exhibition opens. Refreshments will be served.
This exhibition will run for the month of October.
OPENING: Saturday 1st October 2011 - 10am to 5pm
PREVIEW: Friday 30th September 2011 - 10am to 5pm
"The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops."
Samuel Beckett (Pozzo in Waiting for Godot)
A search for life‘s meaning is what has driven me to make and investigate the ceramic discipline over the past 38 years
And yet, more than ever, I have fewer answers now to either the meaning or the discipline..
I seem to flit around with various techniques and styles, striving somehow to find my own pitch. This manifests in what may appear as a somewhat schizophrenic approach to my work.
For my show at the Kim Sacks Gallery I have made a diverse repertoire of ceramic pieces.
Inspired by my exhibition in Dec 2010 at The Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, I have made a dinner table setting where I have interpreted some of Irma Stern‘s portraits on small plates. Here I use a majolica glaze with in-glaze painting and soft earthy colours which create a painterly watercolour effect.
This idea of portraiture on ceramics developed further, culminating in a series of female creative icons of the 20th Century such as Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo and others.
Still fascinated by faces, and parallel to the above, I have created a wall installation of ‘pop art‘ like stylised faces in bright colours and bold flat graphic markings using underglaze colours and transparent glazes,
Other wall pieces on show - composite tile installations - include an Adam and Eve depiction, and an exploration of 2 of Samuel Beckett’s plays – Waiting for Godot, and Happy Days.
From the wall back to the table – a number of individual utilitarian pieces where I use bright graphic underglaze colours and simple linear shapes – bowls, cups and platters. Somehow I am still always drawn back to tableware. For it is in the utensils that we use on a daily basis that we are reminded of nourishment and gratitude. I would like to think that some of the users of my ceramic forms have been enriched in their daily lives with joy and aesthetic pleasure and awareness.