Pops of metallic glaze, earthy ochre and bloody red dot the spiritual, sensual ceramics of Andile Dyalvane, who is currently exhibiting in New York. For the Cape Town-based potter’s first showing, he created 30 new pieces that take the form of lighting, ceramic screens, oversized pots and even shelving – just a small representation of his unique body of work.
“I’ve always wanted to do a solo show, creating works I’d only ever dreamt of creating,” Dyalvane says of the pieces. “It has been my chance to realise designs that would otherwise have remained in my sketchbooks.”
As co-founder of the Imiso Ceramics brand, whose stratospheric rise to prominence is an inspiring South African success story, the exhibition is a celebration of his fortune and, as such, is titled Camagu (“gratitude” in isiXhosa).
“I am a son of this soil. It’s my way of saying I will share this gift that you’ve given me,” he says.
In preparation for Camagu, Dyalvane returned home to Ngobozana in the Eastern Cape, where he found his first inspiration, and material, from the clayey rivers. The villagers threw him a homecoming party, honouring his work and achievements. His success, he says, is also their success. “I would not be here were it not for their teachings.” The exhibition runs at Friedman Benda in
New York until August 19 SON OF THE SOIL
Ceramicist Andile Dyalvane is exhibiting 30 new works in New York, including (from left) Bird Vessel, Camagu (gratitude) and Cali Non-Vessel, which were created exclusively for the show
Andile Dyalvane went back to his roots in the Eastern Cape to create his pieces