Saturday, March 23, 2013


Kraaldoring Gallery and Studio
- a recent initiative by Clementina van der Walt and Albie Bailey -
is opening on Saturday 30th March 2013  3 - 6 pm
with an exhibition of wire drawings by Ben Coutouvidis
Karoo plates by Clementina van der Walt....
and more....
So... if you are travelling in the Klein Karoo this Easter holiday, please join us at the opening for a glass of wine.
You can't make the opening...? The exhibition will be on until the 7th April, more-or-less business hours....
You can make a full 'arts' day outing following the 

 which incorporates many venues in Calitzdorp and surrounds.

Kraaldoring Gallery is on the Groenfontein Road,(gravel) 11 kms outside of Calitzdorp. There is no cel phone reception, but if you have a smart phone you can 'whatsapp' us on 082 925 0871, or email us
We look forward to seeing you in this most exquisite part of the world... 


Today I had a stand at the Ceramics South Africa Potters Market at Rondebosch Park, Cape Town. My partner Albie, seen here posing behind the blue themed table, absconded fast...and left me to manage the crowds and the was great fun, and, in spite of chilly and at times windy weather, it was a good day!

Monday, March 18, 2013


This past weekend I attended a wonderful 3-day 'low firing' workshop at Millstone Pottery in MacGregor, 2 hours drive from Cape Town. Potters Paul de Jongh and his wife Nina Shand offered an intensive programme included building a paper kiln, firing a low fired salt kiln and a raku kiln. (All supplemented with delicious meals provided by Nina and her mother, Helene). In addition, Master potter Ian Garrett together with John Newdigate presented an incredibly inspiring workshop on making and decorating pots based on the Pueblo pots in style and pit firing techniques. I found the whole weekend so exciting ...these are some of my better results (some were awful!) from the pit firing.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


These are plates I made last week for an exhibition called 'Tom Waits For No Man' which will be on show at the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees (KKNK) which opens on Good Friday 29th March in Oudtshoorn. Group show curated by Gordon Froud, Prince Vincent Building, Baron von Rheede Street.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


 Currently there has been an abundance of ceramics exhibited in Cape Town and surrounds...on Friday I visited 'Heavy Metal' where I viewed the very interesting social commentary in the work of Gerhardt Swart and Anthony Harris (Ceramic Matters). In the light of all the recent publicity around domestic violence these are poignant pieces.

Kiss plate by Ceramic Matters

At the Stellenbosch Woordfees, Hennie Meyer presents a powerful installation of blue and white bowls presented on a lo o o ng black table surrounded by black 'ghostly' chairs - at the P.J Olivier Art Centre.

Blue and white bowl installation by Hennie Meyer

On Saturday I visited the Dinner for 101 at The Castle of Good Hope, a really great show presenting an excellent overview of contemporary ceramics in South Africa. One setting - a plate by Julie Lovelace - had been removed from the main table as it was deemed offensive by a group of young tourists from China. It seems the group had never heard of Ai Wei Wei, nor were they aware of human rights abuses in China....
The plate is now alone on a side table where in fact, by being singled out, it carries the content more strongly.
Plate by Julie Lovelace

Thursday, March 7, 2013


 Africa Nova window with vases by Clementina van der Walt and Gemma Orkin

 Africa Nova window with vessels by Clementina van der Walt and Louise Gelderblom

 Wills Lane Gallery with Clementina tulipiere

Ebony Gallery with Clementina vessels

Enjoy the window shopping on your computer screen...I have been lucky enough to have my work prominently featured in the above windows in the past month!

Monday, March 4, 2013


These are some images from the inspiring exhibition TOTEMISM : MEMPHIS MEETS AFRICA curated by Li Edelkoort which was on show this past weekend at the Design Indaba, Cape Town