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Ceramic Design


Three of our Ceramic Design students, Bantu Mtshiselwa, Mary Ann Kella and Mkhonto Gwazela approached a number of schools around Nelson Mandela Bay and already started conducting workshops in Ebongweni Primary School in Kwazakhele.

Some of the skills the group teaches pupils include basics in hand-building with clay, painting and silk screening.

They also help them create portfolios, a requirement needed when applying to study art at a tertiary institution.

“Our future plan is to see the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay uplifted. We’re planting a seed and we are hoping that they will make the most of the skills we are willing to share with them,” another member of the group, Marry-Ann Kella, said. 



Irish ceramic artist Jane Jermyn is spending 6 weeks from the 2nd February - 14 March 2010 at our department. During her time at the department she will be conducting workshops with the students in wet firing, Obavaru Raku and demonstrating her Pod Form Technique. For more information on Jane Jermyn visit her website at 




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Ceramic Product development

Current Lecturers Bianca Plate and Julia Keevy organised a design relief in 2005 for the centre to uplift their products and show the youths some fresh ideas. This started with getting some senior students involved to do product development with them and then spending some time at the centre to show them the finer details. Vulisango Ndwandwa headed up the training and got the first products off the ground.


Product Development for the sewing group

Another facet in 2006 was to design cushion covers for the sewing group. The ladies at the centre could sew them up and then sell the products through the Red Earth Gallery at our department. The Carl and Emily Fuchs foundation were kind enough to sponsor the materials and pay for the training needed for this initiative. 


Sewing group

About Xolelanani

The Xolelanani Ceramic Project was initiated by Ceramic Department lecturers Meshack Masuku and Charmaine Haines at the then PE Technikon for implementation in the Walmer Township area in 1999.

The Department of Arts and Culture were kind enough to sponsor this project.

The project is housed at the Xolelanani Youth Centre in Witbooi Street in Walmer Township. The centre also houses a day care centre for small children and a sewing group. The purpose of the centre is to offer an alternative meeting place for the youth to come together and do something constructive with their time.

The aim of the project is to identify the creative potential amongst the youths and offer creative training within the field of ceramics. Some of these potential talents are then encouraged to further their training and study ceramics at our University.

They in turn will form part of a program where they will adopt someone in the community and assist in training them at the centre.

Full implementation of the project started in June 2001 once the building alterations for the dedicated studio space was completed.