Views from the Studio Collection
This intriguing range of earthenware vases by Eastern Cape-born artist Andile Dyalvane is said to depict ‘the less popular view of the Cape Town city skyline.’ While other artists focus on the usual attractions like Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront or the beautiful beaches, Andile has chosen a completely different view point. Each design reflects a segment of the daily activity he observes from his studio in the city: essentially the harbour and its industrial backdrop. From the storage containers to the construction sites with cranes and other linear structures, and even passing trains, his work is an imaginative mirror reflecting the typical moments that unravel around him every day. Another characteristic that makes Andile’s vases truly special is that he has chosen objects that have been discarded in the harbour as his preferred tools to carve into, chip away at and shape the clay. This talented artist graduated top of his class in 1996 when he completed his studies in art and design at the then Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu. He had the opportunity to further his passion for ceramics when he received a scholarship to attend the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, ultimately graduating with a National Diploma in Ceramic Design in 2003. Since then he has travelled South Africa and the world, often incorporating the elements of water, air and fire into his ceramics. Andile is due to exhibit at the South African Pavillion, Royal Festival Hall for the Olympics in London, and in August he’ll be participating in the ‘Artisans Resource’ trade fair in New York. Pop into the Imiso Gallery to see ‘Views from the Studio’ at Unit A102 at the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town. His vases vary between R2 000 and R55 000, depending on size and materials used.