The Mercury

Functional pieces find fine form in ceramics exhibition

- Marianne Meijer

ELEVATING the Functional at the KZNSA Gallery is an exhibition of functional pieces with merit. From simple cups and bowls to creative sculptures, there is much variety.

This year the SA KZN Regional Ceramics exhibition invited Lisa Ringwood, a Cape artist, to exhibit as she would add another dimension. Ringwood works from her studio in Kommetjie and draws inspiratio­n from daily life and nature. She uses hand building and many different techniques painting local fynbos, trees and blossoms.

Each piece is tied back to the earth from which it was made. She achieves this without subscribin­g to symmetry or commercial uniformity giving her work its unique personalit­y.

This exhibition is about transformi­ng a lump of clay into myriad forms – it showcases originalit­y.

Some of the work on show – mugs, plates, bowls and platters – have become a blend of fine art and functional­ity.

If members of the public are looking for beautiful utilitaria­n objects as opposed to the generic to grace their tables, this is the exhibition to visit. For me the cleanest and simplest work is always the best.

First prize for creativity went to Angelika Anastasis – for three sculpted female heads full of character. Compliment­s to the judges for recognisin­g this unusually talented woman who also paints and writes.

Creative category first prize for functional went to Colin Cameron for Pendant Triology – a slipmoulde­d light fitting.

Collectors looking to buy the work of well-establishe­d ceramic artists will find work by Carla du Cruz, Astrid Dahl, Carol Hayward Fell, Corrie Hook, Garth Hoets, Louise Jennings, Jo-Anne Kuter, Lynette Morris-Hale, Phumlani Nyawo, Frank Nythunya, Lindsay Scott and Trayci Tompkins

On the mezzanine level you’ll find the colourful work of Derrick Nxumalo, part of Our Africa Dreams exhibition. Both shows will close on June 11 at 1pm.

Another interestin­g exhibition has been extended by public demand: Notion and Nature by Nicholas and Miranda Crooks is on view at artSPACE, and will close on June 8.

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First prize for creativity went to Angelika Anastasis for these three sculpted female heads.

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