The focus of Laura’s clay art is hand built coiled pots and her work is often influenced by ecological issues.
Laura du ToitLaura du Toit was born in Cape Town and has been a resident of neighbouring Stellenbosch since 1980. She is married and has two sons. She completed a BA degree at the University of Stellenbosch and did her initial training in ceramics with Nicole Palmer. This was continued by completing the N5 in Ceramics and Drawing with Ralph Johnson at Paarl Technikon in 1990.
Highlights of Laura’s career are:-
2007 Merit Award, CSA Regional, Western Cape
Solo exhibition, Rust & Vrede, Durbanville
2005 Centenary Overgaauw Wine Farm
2004 Work in University of Stellenbosch Sasol Collection
2003 Attended Oil Painting Course at Denver Art Museum
Tom Coleman Workshop
2001 APSA National Exhibition
Work in Tokara Collection
2000 Duo exhibition with Hannes Harrs, Dorp Street Gallery
1999 APSA National exhibition
1996 Creative Clay at The Castle, Cape Town
APSA Regional – Ceramicist of the Year (voted by public)
1992 Highly Commended Award, APSA Regional exhibition
1990 Duo with Nina van der Westhuizen, Dorp Street Gallery
“I love the slow and patient process of coiling and pinching clay to explore my favourite shape, the sphere, to the full.
Raku is an exciting way of firing and I often make use of this method because I like the unpredictable network of cracks on the surface of the glaze. A common theme throughout my work is my interest in shapes, textures and colours found in nature. I find inspiration in volcanoes, fossils and geological formations, to name a few. Using materials like Kalahari sand, oxides, slip and multiple stoneware firings enable me to capture the weathered surfaces and patterns of the earth. The patterns found in aerial and satellite images of the earth inspire me. I record close-up details of my work as well as natural objects and enjoy the relationship between all these images.”