101 Place Settings at the Castle. Photo by Carina Beyer, Iziko Museums of South Africa

Cape Town is the centre of excellence for ceramics in South Africa; the sheer number of stands with beautiful Cape-based ceramics at Design Indaba was testament.

That’s why I was all fired up to go to the Castle of Good Hope to see their ‘FIRED’ exhibition. The description on the Iziko website sums it up; “shaped by human hands and transformed by fire. It’s an exhibition that celebrates the artistry of southern African potters and ceramic artists from the archaeological past to the present.”

An installation within this is 101 ceramic place settings set along an enormously long table capable of hosting 101 dinner guests. This magnificent sight in the Lady Anne Barnard Banqueting Hall is a creative feast of diverse themes, patterns and styles from around 50 different ceramicists. A guided walkabout with Esther Esmyol, Curator of Social History Collections, included meeting many of the potters and discovering the inspiration behind some of their work (this installation ends today 26 March 2014).

If you consider ceramics as piece of art it’s nice to know what inspired it, and you can ask the potters face to face this Saturday 22 March at The Potters Market. It’s on from early morning until about 4pm on Rondebosch Common – follow the signs. About 100 ceramicists from far and wide set up stalls spilling over with their pottery and sell their wares at especially great prices.

It’s such a feast for the eyes that you won’t be able to resist picking up a bargain for your own home or as a gift. The Potters Market is a twice-yearly event and you can diarise the next one on Saturday 22 November – perfect for stocking up on Christmas presents.  

2014 is a big year for ceramics with The Potters Market a recognised World Design Capital project and November designated as Ceramics Month.  A list of events is on the Ceramics SA website.

Gifts at Cape Grace also stock selected ceramics – come in to our gallery and browse.

What are your favourite ceramics at home? I love my Ardmore tea pot, Zizamele Bambanani bowl, Hennie Meyer jug and Liesel Trautman mug.

A review by blogger Carrie Hampton.

Image: Supplied by Iziko Museums. 

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