What we do …
There are a wide range of products produced, namely, traditional pottery i.e. beer pots (iingqayi) and modern pottery with traditional decorations, colours and techniques. The designs of today’s African fashion trends are encouraged.
The techniques used range from:
Throwing (on potter’s wheel)
Moulding (using casting slip)
In this quiet, therapeutic environment, personal creativity is encouraged and current new designs, especially in beadwork, are supported. The positive experience of producing saleable goods raises the dignity of each individual.The pottery creativity of an individual is encouraged at all times since it is a method to express one’s inner feelings and emotions. Traditional techniques in production and decoration, also firing with and without the use of a kiln is taught.
The Potter is a specialist in the field and is a professional fine artist. He has got a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Fine Art and is responsible for all the activities and for a smooth running of the pottery workshop.
Who we are …
The young people, some 15 persons, receive a formal training programme utilizing basic skills development techniques at first which introduce them to pottery machinery, its use/ maintenance and various materials. They also receive through the training programme, certification by Walter Sisulu University of Technology.
At the moment the Eastern Cape Province is developing, particularly the O.R. Tambo District Municipality. With the initiation of the new Craft Hub Centre in Mthatha, the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu and the growth in tourism, opportunities for our future potters are becoming more available.