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Thursday, July 30, 2015


(“Sea Vessel” - earthenware by Karuni Naidoo)

The annual exhibition of Ceramics of KwaZulu-Natal, Meeting Clay, recently opened at the KZNSA Gallery. This is the third annual Ceramics Southern Africa KZN regional showcase exhibition to be hosted at the gallery.

“Artists find their voices in whatever medium they work in and here we have artists who find their voices in clay,” says well-known artist Anthea Martin. “Clay, a material straight out of the earth, which comes in the same wet state for everyone- presents many challenges and stages that we must learn and appreciate. After years of experience with this material, artists are able to hone their skills to manipulate clay in many ways. This amazingly versatile material, at times kind and at others punishing, continues to thrill and challenge artists. This is a bumper exhibition with lots to see and buy at affordable prices. A good place to buy gifts for special occasions or even for Christmas.”

Are we pushing the boundaries, or content with ceramics as functional or purely decorative objects? Some of the work on this exhibition shows that thought and creative practice has advanced to other levels. Notably the work of Karuni Naidoo, Jane Jarvis, Kyle Pierpoint, Carina van Heerden and Lynette Morris-Hale.

Exhibitions like this give the student of ceramics, a way of measuring themselves against the benchmark of those artists who have achieved excellence, keeping the tradition of ceramics alive in our community. The work on show is expressive, decorative, ritualistic and functional.

There will be a walkabout of the exhibition on August 8 at 11h00.

Meeting Clay runs at the KZNSA Gallery until August 16. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit