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My Knitty Gritty Porcelain Bowl

These ‘knitted’ porcelain bowls by leading local artist John Bauer have really got us talking. Their unique design reflects an ingenious – and charitable – new use for yarn, which just happens to be a top trend this year. Inspired by South African craftwork, John buys hand-knitted woollen hats from care institutions where they are carefully crafted by disabled patients. The ever-inventive ceramicist then kiln fires the hats, preserving them in precious porcelain in a bowl-like form. ‘John saw art in an everyday activity and wanted to translate this into something permanent,’ says Michelle Trimborn of Design Quarters, where the bowls are stocked. ‘Part of his aim is to reawaken a love for handcrafted yarn products.’ The result is a worthy initiative that takes upcycling to a whole new level. As the project feeds income into disability care facilities, investing in one of these pieces is a great way to support a good cause while gaining a gorgeous accessory – an accessory that infuses a contemporary concept with a classic feel. Another plus is that because each item is individually created, the handiwork beautifully conveys the commendable commitment of the original maker. My Knitty Gritty porcelain bowls retail from a starting price of R800 and are sold by My Design at Design Quarters, Cape Town. They are available in both white and dove grey and in three different sizes: small, medium and large. For more information visit or call 021-801-6680.