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Fynbos forms in Crockery

If your appreciation of flora and fauna is matched by a penchant for striking ceramics, then the Fragile Fynbos exhibition at La Motte wine estate will most likely be right up your art-loving alley. Running until 28 November 2015 in the winery’s maturation cellar, the display brings together plants and pottery in attempt to celebrate the beauty of the unique Cape Floristic Region through creative means. The exhibition, which forms part of the broader annual Franschhoek Art in Clay Festival, showcases the work of a wide range of renowned ceramic artists who drew inspiration from their natural surrounds to create bespoke sets of earthenware just for this event.

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While the striking collections of jugs, bowls, vases, plates and tea cups are all linked by their common focus on flowers and plants, each set is also wonderfully different as they all display the unique style of their makers. Speaking of which, the artists include the likes of John Bauer, Diane Harper, Elsje Burger, David Walters and many more. The location of the expo at La Motte winery is quite appropriate as not only is the estate an avid supporter of the arts, but it’s also very committed to protecting the environment and is covered with hectares of fynbos and indigenous greenery. Plus, the fact that the display is laid out in the maturation cellar amongst wooden wine barrels definitely gives it some charm. You have to walk through the winery’s tasting room to reach the exhibition, so we think that’s as good an excuse as any to combine stoneware with wine too. The exhibition is open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm until 28 November 2015; entrance is free. For more information call 021-876-8850 or email   READ MORE: Wall art for kids’ rooms Top 5 gifts for kids Building blocks for grown-ups