Clementina is a one of Cape Town’s most well-known ceramicists, who annually gets invited by Ceramic Art London to exhibit at their prestigious show in Kensington. Her vibrant linear work, irregular in shape, thickness and texture, is organic and soulful. But it is also functional, celebrating the ancient African tradition of embellishing domestic utensils out of respect.
Clementina has been a significant force in South African ceramics for the last three decades. She is an artist who works with a unique purity and vibrancy and whose work I ever evolving.
“I am in search for meaning and the expression of meaning in everyday items used for both utilitarian and ritual purposes. I am inspired philosophically by mystical traditions, also poetry and music. Visually the African urban and rural landscapes provide a source of pattern, texture and colour which I apply in my ceramic work.”
Wilma Cruise reviewed; ‘Clementina’s platters, bowls and cups serve as objects both for use and for contemplation… They are touched by hand and lip as well as the eye and mind… the smooth gloss interior of a plate where the food is to rest is set against the matt surface of the rim – sufficiently rough to speak of baked earth but not coarse enough to repel the hand… They are lyrical and light. They make reference to the African cultural and physical landscape in the play of colour – a dark brown of wet earth against the ochre of burnt veldt; the khaki of grass against the white of cloud, and always the grace note of that wonderful ox blood red.’
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