Browsing Category Pottery, Ceramics & Glass

MAGGIE MIKULA, from clay, a retrospective
88 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2004. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue of the exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, 2004.

Maggie Mikula was born in Durban in 1941. She is regarded as one of the first South African ceramicists to incorporate into her work aspects of indigenous African art and, as such, was very influential in changing ceramic style in Natal and throughout the country. She died in 1989.

Introduction by Andrew Verster. Includes the essays "Maggie Mikula - a ceramic artist of vision" by Jill Addleson, "A Personal Vocabulary" by Vee Bauer & "A Brief History of Maggie the Ceramicist" by Paul Mikula as well as tributes by fellow artists, museum curators and critics.
Bank (A.) & (L.) eds. KRONOS 30, journal of Cape History/ tydskrif vir Kaaplandse geskiedenis, special issue: Eastern Cape
256 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. R190
Includes "Framing African Women: visionaries in southern African and their photographic afterlife, 1850-2004" by Helen Bradford and "'Oh Hurry to the River': the meaning of 'uMamlambo' models in the Tyumie Valley, Eastern Cape" by Seán Morrow and Nwabisa Vokwana.
Coetsee (E.) CRAFT ART IN SOUTH AFRICA, creative intersections
271pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2015. R325
Features South African craft artists who create works through beading, basket weaving, ceramics, fibre art, glass sculpture, metal and wirework, recycling and woodcarving. Includes chapters on Monkeybiz, Ardmore, Clementina van der Walt, Hylton Nel, Katherine Glenday, Kim Sacks, Wilma Cruise, Keiskamma Art, Walter Oltmann, Handspring Puppet Company, Johannes Segogela, Thomas Kubayi, and many others.

Preface by Willem Boshoff.

Elsabe Coetsee established the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation in 1994, the Mogalakwena Craft Art Village in 2004, and the Mogalakwena Craft Art Gallery in Cape Town in 2008. Her first book, "Craft Art in South Africa", published in 2002, is now out of print.
De Becker (L.) & Nettleton (A.) eds. ACTIVATE/ CAPTIVATE, collections re-engagement at Wits Art Museum
192pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R340
"This publication discusses the many ways the tertiary education community of Gauteng has interacted with the permanent collection of African art at Wits Art Museum since its official re-opening in 2012." from the inside front cover

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, 2015.

Contributions include:
"What's in the Storerooms? Unpacking the genesis and growth of the Wits Art Museum collections" by Julia Charlton
"Valuing the Art of Handcraft: engaging creatively with the African art collections at Wits Art Museum" by Walter Oltmann
"Talking Authenticity: museum and flea market works in teaching African art art Wits" by Anitra Nettleton
"Silence in the Storerooms" by Laura De Becker
"'The absence of models is an occupational hazard'" by Joni Brenner and Stacey Vorster.

Anitra Nettleton is Director and Chair of the Centre for the Creative Arts (CCAA) and Academic Head at WAM. Her other books include "African Dream Machines: style identity and meaning of African headrests".
Laura De Becker was an Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at WAM from 2013-2015. She is currently the Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA.
Ehlers (M.) MOSAICS MADE IN AFRICA, a tribute to the mosaics of Vera Giovitto
188pp., colour illus., hardback, Pretoria, 2013. R450
Vera Giovitto was born in Italy in 1942 and moved to South Africa in 1964 to join her husband Renato. They settled in Pretoria and started making mosaics to decorate swimming pools. As demand grew they established the business Mosaic Arts, producing murals and floors for churches, hotels, casinos, banks and private homes. After Renato died their daughter Marina, the author of this book, became an equal partner.
Gandolfo (G.) REINATA SADIMBA, "Não somos iguais, estamos diferentes"/ "No somos iguales, estamos diferentes"/ "We are not equal, we are different", esculturas, cerâmicas/ esculturas, cerámicas/ sculpture, ceramics
236 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Maputo), 2012. R950
A monograph on Mozambican sculptor and ceramicist Reinata Sadimba.

Reinata Sadimba was born in 1945 in Nemu village in Cabo Del Gado, Mozambique. She was brought up in the traditional Makonde culture, which included making ceramic water vessels. In 1975 she started producing ceramic sculptures based on her dreams.

Architect Gianfranco Gandolfo moved to Mozambique in 1984 and worked as a teacher and trainer in visual education for an Italian cooperation project. Between 1996 and 1999 he worked for the Department of Museums as a consultant on a Makonde Art project. He has also curated several art exhibitions.
Gers (W.) SCORCHED EARTH, 100 years of southern African potteries
395pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., map, hardback, Johannesburg, 2015. R750
This book focuses on the products, histories and staff of a selection of twentieth century southern African potteries, including Linnware and Lieberman Pottery and Tiles.

Independent curator and art historian Wendy Gers is a researcher at l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art, Limoges, France, and a research associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VAD) Research Centre, University of Johannesburg.
Giblin (J.) & Spring (C.) SOUTH AFRICA, the art of a nation
255pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., London, 2016. R590
Published to accompany the exhibition at the British Museum in London, October 2016 - February 2017.

John Giblin is Head of the Africa collection at the British Museum and is lead curator of the exhibition.
Chris Spring is co-curator of the exhibition and curator of contemporary African art and the eastern and southern African collections at the British Museum.
Jolles (F.) ZULU BEER VESSELS, in the twentieth century, their history, classification and geographical distribution
254pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, d.w., Stuttgart, 2015. R875
Foreword by Karel Nel.

Frank Jolles spent twenty years collecting Zulu beer vessels, interviewing the makers and cataloguing informastion.

Frank Jolles (1931-1914) was Chair of German at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 1987 until hs retirement in 1994. He continued to work as Honorary Research Associate at the University and Research Fellow of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum.
Magubane (P.) photo. AFRICAN RENAISSANCE,
168 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Text by Sandra Klopper.
Documents contemporary rural life in South Africa: traditional styles of dress, beadwork and other forms of adornment, rites of passage, artistic traditions and the murals and vernacular forms of architecture practiced in rural areas across the country.
Matsinde (T.) CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AFRICA,
201pp., colour illus., paperback, London, 2015. R395
A book on contemporary African design with a focus on furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry and lighting. Includes Madwa (South Africa, Madagascar & Swaziland), The New Basket Workshop, Master Wire and Bead Craft, and Feeling African (Zimbabwe & South Africa), Tintsaba (Swaziland), Centro de Arte Africana (Mozambique), Mutapo (Zimbabwe), and Zenzulu, Imiso Ceramics, Dokter and Misses, Haldane Martin, Heath Nash, Michou Bowls, Mud Studio, willowlamp, YSWARA, Ronél Jordaan Textiles, Shine Shine, and Skinny laMinx (South Africa).

Tapiwa Matsinde is a British-born designer, creative business consultant, blogger and writer.
Michaelis School of Fine Art GRADUATE EXHIBITION 2008,
173 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue of the exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, 2008.

Preface by Stephen Inggs.

Work produced by final year undergraduate and postgraduate students at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
Miles (E.) LAND AND LIVES, a story of early black artists
190 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
An account of black artists born in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes sections on Gerard Bhengu, Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Gladys Mgudlandlu, Ernest Mancoba, Jan Schoeman (Outa Lappies), Peter Clarke, and many more.
Nettleton (A.) ed. PETER SCHÜTZ, an eye on the world
112pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2015.

Peter Schütz was born in Poland in 1942 and died in KwaZulu-Natal in 2008. He taught ceramics and sculpture at various educational institutions, including the University of Natal, Natal Technikon, and the University of the Witwatersrand.
Stevenson (M.) & Nel (H.) HYLTON NEL, conversations
127 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, d.w., London & Cape Town, 2003. R295
Transcripts of conversations between well known South African "artist-potter" Hylton Nel and art historian Michael Stevenson.
Stevenson (M.) & Graham-Stewart (M.) "BOTH CURIOUS AND VALUABLE", African art from the late 19th-century south-east Africa
130 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2005. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue of the selling exhibition, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town and Michael Graham-Stewart, Auckland, 2005.

Includes a 26 pp. essay by Michael Stevenson on "the acquisition of south-east African material culture by Europeans in the late nineteenth century, and the dynamic shift in the social significance of the object that occurs along with the shift in ownership".
Stevenson (M.) ed. HYLTON NEL, a curious world
144 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2010. R420
"Artist-potter Hylton Nel, who celebrates his 70th birthday in 2011, has developed a distinctive style of work, rich in references to the decorative arts, literature, art history and South African life. His plates, bowls, vases and figurative pieces are idiosyncratically decorated with witty and poignant line drawings and script. His imagery ranges from penises to cats and angels, and his quotes are drawn from poetry and the daily press as well as his observations of the world. This richly illustrated book brings together images of his recent work with extracts from his journals as a young man and photographs of his home and garden on the outskirts of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo." from inside front cover

Art historian Michael Stevenson, founder of Michael Stevenson gallery in Cape Town, is also the author of a previous monograph on the artist, "Hylton Nel, conversations" (2003).
Thompson (B.) curator & ed. BLACK WOMANHOOD, images, icons, and ideologies of the African body
374 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Seattle, 2008. R640
Catalogue of the travelling exhibition first shown at Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 2008.

Includes work by Senzeni Marasela, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Berni Searle and Penny Siopis.

With the essays: "The African Female Body in the Cultural Imagination" and "Decolonizing Black Bodies: personal journeys in the contemporary voice" by Barbara Thompson,
"African Women's Body Images in Postcolonial Discourse and Resistance to Neo-Crusaders" by Ifi Amadiume,
"'Les Parisiens d'Afrique': Mangbetu women as works of art" by Enid Schildkrout,
"The Black Female Body, the Postcard, and the Archives" by Christaud Geary,
"The Body of a Myth: embodying the Black mammy figure in visual culture" by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders,
"The Women Who Posed: Maudelle Bass and Florence Allen" by Carla Williams,
"Picturing the New Negro Woman" by Deborah Willis, and
"Housing and Homing the Black Female Body in France: Calixthe Beyala and the legacy of Sarah Baartman and Josephine Baker" by Ayo Abiétou Coly.


Tiley-Nel (S.) LETSOPA CLAY, Mapungubwe
73pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R295
Selection from the collection of ceramics unearthed at Mapungubwe Hill, including shallow bowls, incurvate bowls, large vessels, beakers, clay figurines and spindle whorls.

"Letsopa" means clay in Sepedi.
Tiley-Nel (S.) & de Kamper (G.) SOUTH AFRICAN CERAMICS, museum ceramic collections of the University of Pretoria
63pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R295
Selection of South African ceramics from the collections housed at the University of Pretoria, including Mapungubwe ceramics, archaeological clay figurines, traditional ceramics, factory production ceramics (Linnware, Lucia Ware, Crescent Potteries) and studio ceramics (Ardmore, Henrietta Ngako, Hym Rabinowitz, Christo Coetzee).
Tiley-Nel (S.) & de Kamper (G.) THE WORLD OF CERAMICS, Eastern and Western ceramic collections of the University of Pretoria
64pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R295
Selection of the University of Pretoria's collection of ceramics from around the world.
van der Walt (C.) et al CLEMENTINA VAN DER WALT, a ceramic journey
145pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R395
A collection of essays on the work of ceramicist Clementina van der Walt.

Contributions include:
"The Significance of Material Things" by Michael Godby
"Present but Absent" by Sandra Klopper
"Objects as Sites of Memory" by Deborah Posel
"The Power of Objects" by Wilma Cruise.

Clementina van der Walt is based in Cape Town. Together with her partner Albie Bailey she runs Clementina Ceramics Studio and a separate store in Woodstock. They also run Kraaldoring Studio and Gallery (appointment only) outside Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo.
van Schalkwyk (L.) et. al ZULU TREASURES/ AMAGUGU KAZULU, of kings & commoners, a celebration of the material culture of the Zulu people/ amakhosi nabantukazana, umgubho wezinto ezihambisana namasiko amaZulu
216 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, (Durban), (1996) 2011. OUT OF STOCK
Reprint of the 1996 catalogue of an exhibition which showcased Zulu cultural artefacts held by museums in KwaZulu-Natal, including pottery, woodcarving, grass weaving and metalwork.

Essays include:
"The Land of the Zulu Kings" by John Laband.
"Zulu Cattle: colour patterns and imagery in the names of Zulu cattle" by Marguerite Poland
"The Matter of Kings is not Kept/ Indaba yamakhosi ayibanjelwa mlando" by Gillian Berning
"Domestic Arts: carved wooden objects for the home" by Linsay Hooper
"Zulu Earplugs" by Frank Jolles
"Traditional Zulu Pottery" by Juliet Armstrong and Ian Calder
"Some Zulu Uses for the Animal Domains: livestock (imfuyo) and game (izilwane)" by Robert Papini.
[Halsted (F.)] ARDMORE, we are because of others, the story of Fée Halsted and Ardmore Ceramic Art
202 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2012. R480
The story of Ardmore Ceramic Art studio in rural KwaZulu-Natal, established by Fée Halstead with Bonnie Nthshalintshali in 1985, and the more than fifty sculptors and painters who produce the handcrafted and highly detailed figurative works found in collections and museums worldwide.

Includes work by Bonnie Ntshalintshali, Josephine Ghesa, Wonderboy Nxumalo, Sabelo Khoza, Alex Sibanda, Siyabonga Mabaso, Virginia (Lindiwe) Xaba, Roux Gwala, Sondelani Ntshalintshali, Sabelo Khoza,and many others.

"Ardmore ceramics epitomise Africa: its spirit and soul, its colours, its aura and aromas, its fierce beauty. The artists at Ardmore perfectly combine the atavism and innocence of their roots with an unselfconscious whimsy and sophistication. The result is unique works of art that captivate and enchant while they enrich those fortunate enough to live with them." J.Brian Breis, collector, USA