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In Studio With Imiso Ceramics Cofounder Zizipho Poswa

Cape Town-based ceramicist Zizipho Poswa gives us a tour of her studio and pointers on her practice.

Laura Thiesbrummel

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Ceramicist Zizipho Poswa is the cofounder of Imiso Ceramics, and lives and works in Cape Town. Very much drawn to the colours and textures of her natural surroundings, she creates Imiso's popular Handpinched collection as well as individual ranges of ceramics.

Her 2017 range was inspired by Poswa's love for abstract oil paintings and is called the Abstract Art collection. Having launched at Design Joburg this year, the Abstract Art range is a wide-ranging exploration of vibrant colour compositions and gestural brushstrokes, using clay as a canvas.

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The techniques used in the collection also vary widely, including layers, smudges and scratched detail as well as splashed paint and drip glazes. The Abstract Art range is giving this talented ceramicist the freedom to express her thoughts as they can be defined through the medium of clay.

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Just as her previous works have been, Poswa's abstract ceramics for this collection are creative, imaginative and reflective. They also embody a deep sense of symbolism that departs from classical production and adornments by adding a highly conceptual artistic twist.

At an intangible level, each piece in the Abstract Art collection is affectionate yet non-representational; textile yet abstract; fresh yet pioneering. Poswa describes her new range as 'the ultimate ingredient for happiness in any interior space'.

Below, we go behind the scenes with Zizipho Poswa in the Imiso Ceramics studio, and take a look at what goes into the making of her delicate ceramic creations. 'I adore the distinctive smell of clay and glaze chemistry that permeates my studio,' says Poswa, and while the scent of the studio can't be discerned from these images, they do provide a very visually appealing sneak peek of the masterful Abstract Art collection before it was shown to the public.

For more information and to order custom-made ceramics from Poswa, visit Imiso Ceramics.

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