Delightful creations ceramic artists’ cup of tea

Gillian McAinsh

WOMEN are all fired up when it comes to ceramic art, taking the wheel with whimsical charm and homegrown Cape creativity.

Form meets function in this collection of ceramic art from women in Port Elizabeth, Somerset East and Cape Town, with all items both beautiful and of use.

Two of Port Elizabeth’s most colourful ceramic artists are Nicci Stewart and Lee Hensberg, both of whom fire and decorate their own creations from home studios.

Barkley East-born ceramic artist Lee Hensberg now has a studio in Colleen Glen, where she designs and fires her Freakalee Ceramics

Although her work is often so bold it pops out of the box, one of her latest creations is a mug featuring a handle in the shape of a rhino, in neutral cream and black.

The price of R135 includes a donation to the Save the Rhino Trust.

Nicci Stewart Ceramics are always an ultra-feminine blast of joie de vivre.

Professional artist and teacher Stewart supplies her ware to a few outlets, but also now has a retail section at her Fordyce Road studio in Walmer.

Both Stewart and Hensburg studied ceramic art at the PE Technikon and make a range of bowls, platters, other domestic ware and objects of art.

You can get hold of both Stewart and Hensburg on Facebook.

Cape Town-based artist Gemma Orkin’s handmade ceramics extend over a wide range with a natural, homespun flavour. You can find Orkin’s rustic kitchen items, such as the owl jug shown here, at Gently Worn in Walmer.

Her work sells fast, so pop in from time to time to see what’s new.

Doonsie in Walmer (inside Carpet Warehouse) stocks Cape Town-based Tamarillo ceramics, light and quirky designs on a range of gifts designed to be used and admired either as wall art or domestic ware.

You also can find Tamarillo work at Cupboard Love in Richmond Hill, which has the work of several South African artists in stock which changes regularly.

Look out for Somerset East region farmer’s wife Elizwe, whose rustic ceramics in the form of porcelain, earthenware or fine bone china, give a surface to be embellished as well as a function.

Feats of clay indeed!

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