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Tatham Shop 

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Friday: 10h00 to 16h00  
Saturdays: 10h00 to 13h00
Sundays: Before exhibitions and concerts only

The Tatham Shop is known for its wide variety of hand- made craft items, primarily from makers in KwaZulu- Natal. These include traditional and contemporary ceramics, jewellery, carved, beaded and embroidered objects and many more.

If you have interesting objects to show us, please phone or email to make an appointment.

The wire baskets are some of the unique handcrafted African collectables developed in partnership with the BAT SHOP in Durban. These traditional wire weaving and beading skills reflect the rich Zulu cultural heritage of this region.

Enquiries mary.kleinenberg@msunduzi.gov.za or Zama at 033 392 2828

bryony.clark@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 392 2825 (mornings only)

Flowers made from milk and other plastic bottles from Hillcrest Aids Centre

Flowers made from milk and other plastic bottles from Hillcrest Aids Centre

Acrylic and oil paintings Siyabonga Sikosana

Acrylic and oil paintings Siyabonga Sikosana

Wood sculptures by Zolani Mpente

Wood sculptures by Zolani Mpente

Eicke Schmidt jewellery

Eicke Schmidt jewellery

The beautiful recycled flowers made from milk and other plastic bottles are crafted at the Hillcrest Aids Centre. The mission of the Centre is to provide unconditional love and hope to HIV/AIDS impacted communities in the Valley of 1000 Hills region.

The vibrant young artist, Siyabonga Sikosana, comes from an artistic family in Willowfountain. He has become well known for his detailed and often humorous acrylic and oil paintings of life in the semi-rural community familiar to him. His canvases are alive with contrast: romantic against realistic images, subtle against pure colours, light against dark, near against far. Often, quirky comments are inserted in the form of signs at spaza shops or graffiti on the walls of houses.

Siyabonga is one of the few township students who was offered art for matric, and he studied design at the Durban University of Technology. He has travelled to New Zealand and other countries on exchange programmes. He is a familiar face at the Tatham Art Gallery, where some of his art works are on display.

Much of the craft in the Tatham Shop reflects the rich Zulu cultural heritage of this region. Zolani Mpente, a wonderfully talented wood sculptor, who creates domestic and farm animals and people using different indigenous woods from the surrounding forest near his village, Dedeni. Great detail is carved into his work, with the surface finished to a silky smoothness. Zolani also incorporates different fine-grained indigenous dark woods to contrast the predominantly light wood used.

Eicke Schmidt’s jewellery moves constantly in new directions, combining materials and colours in a sensuous and audacious way. Her collection now includes earrings and wacky ceramic buttons. Eicke says: “My jewellery draws on a range of historic influences because of my exposure to European, South American, Asian and African exemplars over many decades. I try to create a synthesis of these sources. I employ my own sensitivity to the sources from which I draw inspiration. Some pieces have undergone a gestation period of nearly 50 years before revitalization. Beyond antique or old silver, brass and copper ornaments I use enamel, marble, crystal, jade and amber, from both Europe and Africa. At time chunky and primitive in the positive sense with ethnic overtones, others restrained, elegant and delicate, I employ my feeling for the rightness of shape, colour and tactile and sculptural quality to create unique pieces of wearable sculptures in miniature.