Ances­tral ce­ram­ics

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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

PHOTO: FRIED­MAN BENDA

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

PHO­TOS: SOUTH­ERN GUILD

Andile Dyal­vane went back to his roots in the Eastern Cape to cre­ate his pieces

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