Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - NEWS -

East­ern Cape-born Abongile Nt­sane is mak­ing waves on the lo­cal de­sign scene with her ex­quis­ite ce­ramic cre­ations that in­clude ves­sels, jew­ellery and planters. Her brand, Udaka Tribe, is built around the African proverb ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go to­gether’ and Nt­sane says that she draws great in­spi­ra­tion from her con­ti­nent and its peo­ple. ‘Lots of my con­cepts are in­spired by my her­itage. Be­cause of the many in­flu­ences and en­coun­ters I have had while grow­ing up, much of my work re­flects my ex­pe­ri­ences,’ she says. Her ceramics, which were shown at Decorex South Africa last year, fea­ture a range of var­ied tech­niques, re­sult­ing in one-of-a-kind pieces in­fused with char­ac­ter. ‘Mak­ing the work is spir­i­tual in it­self – it’s a very heal­ing and med­i­ta­tive process,’ Nt­sane says. ‘There is ab­so­lutely no feel­ing like that of clay in your hands. It be­comes what you want it to be. It has a mem­ory.’ @udaka­tribe

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