Exhibition: Pots for the kitchen
the week-end, there will be an exhibition in our studio, titled Pots for
the kitchen. The history of food and cooking is intimately linked to the
development of pottery. This age-old relationship between food and pottery
was our inspiration for this exhibition and the pots we made explored the
theme of ‘Pots for the Kitchen’. We hope they will inspire cooks to use
handmade pottery in the kitchen and to make other potters more interested in
food, its preparation and serving.
Cooking and eating together give opportunities for families and friends to
meet and talk, consolidating and maintaining relationships. People who are
concerned with the quality of their food, the ingredients used to make it, as
well as its preparation, should be equally concerned with the importance of
the vessels that are used for its cooking and serving.
Friday 16 March
Participants will be given 4 bisque-fired
handmade 10cm x 10cm tiles to paint. They need to bring along ideas for
their tiles, lines from poems, leaves, inspiration from nature, pictures.
The tiles will be fired and ready for collection on Sunday morning.
The workshop will run from 11.00–12.30 and be repeated from 2.00–3.30, if
there is sufficient demand.
Friday 16 March
Buy-a-bowl and get
free food evening
Potter Paul de Jongh has made a large
selection of bowls to choose from ranging in price, starting at R150. Once
you have purchased your bowl, you can help yourself to a delicious dinner
of chilli con carne with a choice of mince, chicken or beans, topped with
sour cream, nachos and cheese. A medley of desserts will be available for
an additional cost.
Please book for this event for catering purposes.
Starting at 6.30pm. Conrad Brownlee will be providing live music from
7–8pm. Please bring along a bottle of wine.
Saturday 17 March
Have a go on the
wanted to try your hand at throwing a pot? This is your chance! Spend 15
minutes under the guidance of veteran potter Paul de Jongh.
This event will carry on throughout the day, on a first come first served
basis! No need to book.
Cinnamon buns and iced tea will be served throughout the day
in the garden.
Saturday 17 March
raku firing is being offered, starting at 2.00pm.
During the raku firing, Paul and Nina hope to give participants a glimpse
into one aspect of the work they do – raku firing - and in so doing, show
participants what makes them want to keep on doing it!
This exciting firing technique is rooted in a traditional practice in Japan
where guests at social gatherings fired their own tea-bowls and then drank
tea out of them.
The technique involves pulling the red-hot pots from the kiln and placing
them in sawdust, thereby crazing the glaze and carbonising the cracks. It is
an inspiration and refreshment to all, bringing one right down to basics.
Such simple beauty will fill you with the same childish pleasure you felt
when you held a piece of pottery you made yourself for the first time.
Each participant will receive a bisque-fired teabowl, hand thrown by Paul, to
decorate using a resist technique and glaze for the firing. The whole process
takes about 2.5 hours.
Sunday 18 March
Demonstration of big
pot throwing by Paul de Jongh, starting at 10am.
Cinnamon buns and iced tea will be served until 2pm.