Hand-building vessels using the coiling method, is a slow, meditative process. Without the aid of a wheel, one relies solely on one’s hands: intimately shaping the clay, sculpting it, and working against gravity to achieve balance.
My love of working with clay and creating forms began at the Technikon Natal in 1995, when I met my ceramics lecturer, Hendrik Stroebel. ‘Hennie’ was a passionate and motivational mentor to us students, and his love of form and design continue to inspire me to this day. He encouraged us to explore and create, using clay as a Visual Language. I recall one session in particular, when a group of Zulu women came in to teach us the traditional method of coiling clay — that was when I truly found my vocabulary.