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Ceramic Design


Imiso Ceramics was started in June 2006 by four young motivated individuals, Andile Dyalvane, Abongile Madabane, Zizipho Poswa, and Mlamli Charles Mayosi. The vision for Imiso Ceraamics is not only to be a distinctive unique African brand, but also to inspire and be an example to young artists and entrepreneurs in South Africa. Imiso Ceramics is now exporting pieces to Paris, New York, Austria, and more recently, to the anthropology shops in the USA.



Elize van Aardt (nee' Jordaan) graduated in 2007 with her B Tech degree in ceramic design at the NMMU. Elize then approached the Arts Council Trust for funding towards developing a business in her home town Cookhouse, Eastern Cape, in order to teach local people ceramic skills and enable her to start her own small business which would then create employment for local women. Hence "Elizwe Ceramics" was born in February 2009.

Together with her fellow graduate Xoliswa Christiaans "Elizwe" produces a range of ceramic wares that are sold locally at the "Daggaboer Farmstall" which is between Cookhouse and Cradock on the N2. Training has begun with a group of local women from Cookhouse which is situated 2km's from the studio on Fairworld between Cookhouse and Somerset East.. 


In 2001, Charmaine vacated her respected position as lecturer in Ceramic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to devote herself fully to the production of her own work. In 2002 she relocated to the the small Eastern Cape Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda where she established a successful studio and Gallery. Here she found renewed inspiration for her work in this adopted environment, which she describes as ‘sympathetic’… allowing for a more direct relationship with materials and consequently, being increasingly in touch with her expressive self.


MESHACK MASUKU: BTech Degree Ceramic Design 1999

Before Meshack enrolled at the Technikon he worked in the Ceramic Industry as a Manager involved in the designing and manufacturing of ceramics within industry.

He worked his way through the system starting as a sweeper in a small ceramic studio business. He has been invited over the years to give workshops at various festivals and conferences. He has also gained experience by working with the top potters in this country in their studios throughout South Africa. He is recognized for his expertise in the throwing of porcelain clay and is considered to be one of the best potters this country has to offer. All this expertise has been brought into a learning environment where Meshack has become a mentor and roll model for many a student and persons within his community. He is a born teacher and has the patience to deal with young people who are at a very vunerable stage in their life. We have a reputation within our Art Faculty concerning weak students.

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Vulisango Ndwandwa completed his National Diploma and BTech in Ceramic Design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, and currently works as an independent ceramic artist. Vulisango has taken part in a number of exhibitions such at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) and Transition (a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality traveling exhibition). His excellence in ceramic work has earned him high acclaim. As well as receiving a number of awards for his work, Vulisango’s art resides in such esteemed places as the Eastern Cape Premier’s office and the collection of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum. Vulisango has lectured part-time at NNMU and a number of articles feature his work.

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prêt-à-pot, a private concern established in 1985, is passionate about our customers, our staff, our brand-image. We do not employ mass production techniques preferring to pursue quality item-by-item through limited quantity manufacturing.


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XOLELANANI YOUTH PROJECT, a Trust, established in April 1998 in PE, is housed in a solid wall structure that serves as a place of hope and upliftment for the local community. It reaches the community through the arts: ceramics, dance, choir and drama.




AMANDA HESHU: Amanda completed her NDip Ceramic Design under Charmaine Haines at PE Technikon and currently works for Light From Africa as a ceramic artist. "I'm a spontaneous sculptor and painter – I love exploring with different colour combinations, surface textures and techniques in one piece of art".

CHUMA MAWENI:Chuma's formal training in ceramic art was at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) where he received a Bachelors of Technology Degree in Ceramic Design in 2002. He currently works for Light from Africa as a ceramic artist. "I see myself as a positive person doing good things".

NOSIKHUMBUZO (SKURA) KHABANE: Skura completed her National Diploma in Ceramic Design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon in 2003 and currently works for Light from Africa as a ceramic artist. "Today I'm not sorry that I had to make this choice, because I've found true expression in working with clay and creating hand crafted ceramics art".

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