Canola’s Comeback (a love story in clay)
We got first dibs on this punchy and playful ceramic shoot by a hot local creative trio. Take a look.
The resurgence of ceramic art of late, both here in South Africa and across the globe, has been hard to miss. Ceramicists are gaining cult-like status and their works are more regularly being sold as collector’s pieces, closer to fine art than just functional pieces with decorative expression.
We have a growing list of artists on our radar right now, but we’re particularly enthralled by a new photographic shoot that saw three of SA’s top drawer creatives banding together to tell a visual story anchored in nature but with a sharp urban flavour.
Ceramicist Eva Shuman of Eva Makes Ceramics, stylist and art director Sanri Pienaar and photographer Manesha Caldi recently headed out of town on a road trip to create this photographic story and the results they’ve shared with us are exceptional. Having migrated from Fashion History major to writer in the media to ceramicist, Eva’s latest collection plays tricks with the eye and mind with an assembly of small and larger ceramics in saccharine tones and bold yellow, the latter an ode to the canola fields of the Cape. These expressive and experimental pieces put scale, texture and colour into the foreground, resulting in a shoot that has been playfully, and expertly produced. It’s a visual feast of note, tuck in!