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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


(Pic: Work by Trayci Tomkins)

Midlands venue hosts new range of distinctive handcrafted collectables for the festive season.

Midlands ceramic artist Trayci Tompkins has increased her range of distinctive handcrafted collectables in time for the festive season. An exhibition of the new work and adorable affordable individually handcrafted ceramic gifts by Trayci Tompkins and her ceramic studio can be seen at the Zulu-Lulu ceramic boutique situated in Lions River on the Midlands Meander.

The gift-set range of usable collectables is packaged in recycled paper in diminutive wooden crates which are locally manufactured. The range includes bowl sets with faces on them; egg cup-holder sets with faces on them; egg cup-holder sets with hearts on them; jug and small plate sets with hearts on them; conversation mug sets and dainty terracotta napkin holder sets. The quirky table-ware range is individually handcrafted (no moulding involved) and fired to stoneware so dishwasher and microwave safe.

As well as her crated gift sets, she has a host of angels – Shweshwe-inspired angels, Dlamini angels with wire wings, and Ntombi angels in snow white with charcoal rose-bud detail.

“I love my shop – it’s a reflection of me, it’s a reflection of my potters, it’s a reflection of where I’ve travelled and the life I now life,” says Trayci Tompkins. “The artist in me who first created the Raku-fired pots now has fun with my potters, creating little South African stories in each piece we make.”

All products are locally produced in the heart of the Natal Midlands by ceramic artist Trayci Tompkins and the Zulu-lulu ceramic studio team. For more information call 083 627 3491. The range can be viewed in Durban at the KZNSA Gallery, and in the Midlands at the Piggly Wiggly Centre on the Midlands Meander.