arts africa: andile dyalvane, award winning ceramicist works with the 3 elements of life..

Andile Dyalvane was born on the 25th of September 1978 in the small village of Ngobozana in Qobo-Qobo,in the Eastern Cape. In 1996 he enrolled for a three year Art and design diploma at the then Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu, Cape Town where he graduated top of his class. In 1999 he was offered a job at the Potters Shop & Studio as a ceramic painter. Due to his exceptional work he received a scholarship to further his studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he enrolled for a Ceramic Design course and graduated successfully with merit, receiving a National Diploma in Ceramic Design in 2003. Working with clay gives him the ability to create something beautiful, valuable, and usable from shapeless pieces of earth. What’s fascinating is that he works with three elements of life: water, air and fire the alchemy of love. Andile is an adventurous individual; he finds the industry allows him the scope to explore. Through his creativity and individuality he has been head hunted, traveling nationally and overseas. His focal inspiration is his Xhosa culture and traditional up-bringing and these are the lenses of his never ending curiosity for life. Current inspirations are drawn from my immediate environment, inner city urban life and it‟s relation to where I am from-fusing visuals of my experiences into clay creations.

The Docks Table Black (below) is a more ambitious work by Andile, The piece records the rapid environmental changes that are taking place in Woodstock, Cape Town, where his studio is located.

“I’ve been based in Woodstock since 2006 and have seen this particular area change in the hustle of everyday dealings. Those who remain: the Rainbow Tavern next door with weather-worn, crutch-armed street roamers attracted to its blearing drunken outbursts; those who sell ‘desired’ commodities like Nik Naks, smokes, factory-reject socks and dish cloths. Those who come and go: the daily branded delivery vehicles; the sightings of trendy, eclectic 20-somethings armed with lattes,” he muses.

The table in ceramic and bronze reflects the checkered, fragmented urban fabric of the neighborhood that is undergoing rapid gentrification, in a Tetris-like ceramic cityscape. The table is a follow-up to his earlier Docks Table, which marked a more ambitious departure from vessels and tableware to furniture.


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