Catherine Brennon

Drakensberg Dream Boxes

“Come and see me,” she said.  Was that an invitation or a throwing down of the gauntlet?  After all, they were so remote that not even the top African craft designers in the Cape would go and see them on site.   But I accepted with alacrity, as I was going to be in Kwa-Zulu Natal…

Fillingdon Fine Art

The Loyal Professor

For two decades, Marion Hicks has been visiting our gallery, rarely missing an exhibition.   We know she certainly purchased sculpture as far back as 1996, but she may even have been a regular since we opened in Buckinghamshire after our move from London in 1994. Marion has a keen eye and whilst appreciating all…

Who is ‘God’?

When I casually mentioned in passing to the Gauteng ceramicists that I would be dropping in to see Andrew Walford when I was in Kwa-Zulu Natal, there was a collective and audible gasp. “You know what Bernard Leach is to the English?” explained Colleen Lehmkuhl; “well Andrew is our Bernard Leach; he is our ‘God’.”…

Fillingdon Fine Art

Sunlight makes the Stones Speak

Glorious June weather makes all the difference to outdoor sculptures.  Not only do they look lack-lustre and dull in cloudy, damp weather, but it is no fun for punters huddling on wet grass under dripping brollies, to stroke wet stone.  Even less so to squat and squint to read the biographies,  their posteriors protruding  to…

Eunice Botes

Award-winning ceramicists on show

This last weekend saw the opening of the G & W Mineral Resources Regional Ceramics Exhibition in Johannesburg.  All exhibitors are members of the Gauteng Region of Ceramics Southern Africa.  They included the wonderfully talented group who hosted me for a day in March; in fact the studio where we met belongs to the current…

assorted work by Robyn Gordon

In search of totems

Some people in life are worth tracking down.  Robyn Gordon is one of them.  I first saw and purchased a totem of Robyn’s from a gallery in Durban in August 2007.  I left my business card with the extremely friendly and helpful Zimbabwean security guard, Alistair, and he subsequently sent me Robyn’s details, as the…

Hanging

Because we deal in group shows, we have a wide variety of work on display at any one time. That is a variety of medium, subject, size, shape, colour and style, so it is very easy for the whole concoction to look like the proverbial dog’s breakfast. I have got into the habit of starting…

Unpacking

It is with trepidation as well as excitement that I unpack the boxes when they arrive at Fillingdon Farm. Each piece of art has had a long journey. It is months since I travelled to Africa, met with the artists in their studios, talked about their work and personally chose each piece destined to make…