Handmade ceramic plates that are individual works of art…
Text Lisa Wallace
Inspired by the Klein Karoo, Clementina van der Walt
has made a beautiful range of ceramic plates with hand-painted designs,
depicting the animals, colours and shapes of the region. Clementina has a gallery and studio on a farm outside Calitzdorp in
the Klein Karoo and that environment has been her inspiration for these
designs. ‘I started looking at images of San art from the region and was
inspired by the mystical qualities. The plates are hand made – press
moulded by hand – using earthenware clay and clay slips. They are then
fired to 1120°C to make them permanent,’ says Clementina when HL asked about the process. Clementina is a ceramic master (having worked in ceramics for 40
years). ‘I love the combination of basic elements – earth, water, air,
fire – and the excitement of getting the surprises (and shocks) out of
the kiln. It’s an ancient method and I love this connection with the
past,’ she says.
She is based mainly in Woodstock where she has a studio and shop at
the Old Biscuit Mill. The rest of her time is spent in Calitzdorp or
working on intermittent exhibitions. ‘The next exhibition is themed
around the concept of ‘Still Life’ and includes several other artists.
This will be on during the annual Port Festival in Calitzdorp from 14-16
June.’ The Karoo plates are once-off plates, each one an artwork, so you would have to contact her directly to order. Visit her store at the Old Biscuit Mill to browse her other available ceramics. Contact Clementina on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 082-925-0871. You can also visit her website to view pieces from her latest collection at clementina.co.za.
Going to the Port Festival in Calitzdorp this coming weekend ?....
Then venture further afield and enjoy a scenic drive along the Groenfontein Valley... visit STILL LIFE IN THE KAROO at the KRAALDORING GALLERY where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of port and stand a chance to win a beautiful Clementina porcelain bowl... then drive on to DE OUDE POSKANTOOR for delicious cake and coffee or a light meal www.oudepostkantoor.co.za
Travel the entire ARTS ROUTE 62 which winds through the valley, stopping at ROGER YOUNG GALLERY and finally make your way back to more of the festival activities in town. www.calitzdorp.net/index.php/arts-and-cultur/art-route