We are back at the farm where the valley is greener than ever and the days are lit up by a golden autumn glow. The weather has been perfect and we have had guests and visitors from all over popping in to say hi and to see the latest works on show at the Kraaldoring Gallery. If you are attending the Arts festival in Oudtshoorn, take a scenic drive through the Groenfontein valley and come and visit us too!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Having worked with ceramics for over 4 decades, I've sold and supplied work at a variety of outlets; flea markets, shops, hotels, restaurants, galleries and art shows. Selling at markets takes me back to the early 80's where I first sold my ceramics at the Market Theatre - flea market in downtown Johannesburg. In those days we were still living under the apartheid regime, however the Market Theatre operated independently, accommodating a vibrant atmosphere of multi-cultural and non racial discrimination. Stall holders of all races sold side by side, jived to the music and mingled with the locals. There was a great buzz and the Market Theatre itself, hosted controversial shows and live music and dynamic dance performances.
Selling at markets is always a humbling experience, literally grounding one, bringing one in touch with reality. Last weekend, I had a stand at the bi-annual Potter's Market in Rondebosch. I had great sales and wonderful feedback. The next Potter's Market will be in November.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
In an article recently published online, my work was beautifully described as follows "...Clementina’s work is striking in colour, pattern and form and has a very African influence, which she notices more when showing abroad. Her work provides a window into the beauty of everyday objects, each piece reflecting the rituals of daily life..." For the rest of the article visit http://hereandtherecrafts.tumblr.com/
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sitting on the stoep of our old farm house in Kraaldoring, surrounded by rugged rock formations, Fynbos and giant Aloes, I sip my tea and admire the landscape around me. The fresh air and quietness reside in this lush green valley where the hum of insects and the rustling of the bamboo echoes through the valley. At times, there is such stillness, one can hear the cows grazing and the faint sound of the river as it trickles through the thick vegetation. This is where I find my peace and quiet...and the the inspiration to create!