Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ceramic Alumni UJ - The end of an era (1966-2010)

Exhibition Opening, Wednesday 11 August 2010, at 18:00. FADA Gallery.

This exhibition is to celebrate the end of an era in ceramic education at the University of Johannesburg. The exhibition of work by UJ ceramic alumni showcases that the output in this sector remains creative and dynamic. 
Some of the images above are work of the Alumni in the Ceramic SA permanent Collection.
Up until 1966 when the Ceramic Diploma was first introduced at the Art School, ceramics was offered only as modules within other courses. Since then the Ceramic Department has trained many of South Africa’s most renowned potters, ceramists, studio ceramists, ceramic artists and ceramic designers.  Many of these graduates have won the most coveted ceramic award in the country. Last year Nicolene Swanepoel and John Shirley were honoured with the First and Second Prize respectively. John Shirley also went on to represent South Africa as a finalist at the International Ceramics Awards Exhibition held in Korea.
In light of the Ceramic Department’s long standing contribution to our national ceramic art, design and craft sector, it is fitting to host an exhibition of ceramic works in the FADA Gallery to honour the Ceramic Department, Staff and its alumni. 
The exhibition also showcases ceramic works from its permanent collection.
Ceramic Design has a small but significant collection of prominent ceramists including fine examples of the late Nesta and Thembi Nala (silver award winner FNB Vita Craft Now 1998). 

Map of the exhibition venue below.

Links to other sites promoting the work of the Alumni and in particular the exhibition.

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