Contrasts: Vessels and Containers

Part of the current display is a historic overview of 20th century South African commercial potteries. These potteries, of which few still operate, played an important part in South African society between the two World Wars. Viewers interested in the history of design will find a fascinating fusion of European and African influences. For example, The Old Jar Potteries in Benoni involved a number of prominent South African artists in their design and production. On the other hand, Grahamstown ceramist, Jurgen Hamburger, was known for his innovative ceramic forms and decoration.

Aselina Mbatha, Ukhamba with Mbenge, earthenware

The Old Jar, Sangria Jug, earthenware

Hamburger Potteries, Coffee Set, earthenware

Hamburger’s Pottery, Milk Jug, earthenware

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