Confluence is a new exhibition currently on at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, featuring a display of ceramics by local artist Ian Garrett. His work is widely acclaimed for projecting the texture and feel of the potter’s hand through the fascinating burnished ceramic technique he has seemingly perfected. Born in the Eastern Cape, Ian’s inspiration is two-fold: he finds equal fascination with archetypal vessels from pre-historic Europe and India, loaded with history and cultural significance, as well as with contemporary African traditions that illustrate the evolution of society. Using the coil and pinch technique, his pieces are always functional, serving as exquisite, usable items in the home. And with a vocabulary of motifs comprising the natural and cultural world, Ian’s body of work is raising the bar for fellow ceramicists. His work on display at Irma Stern can be placed into two distinct categories:
- The first showcases his highly burnished vessels with delicate mussel-shell impressions, abstract lines and botanical references
- Inspired by ancient hand-built storage pots, the second series introduces raised contours and a lovely pit-firing finish to add a touch of colour
His work is priced as follows (pictured above from left to right): Succulent, Burnished earthenware – R7,000 Udjat, Pit-fired terracotta – R4,000 Leaf Thread, Pit-fired terracotta – R8,000 To be inspired head down to Confluence at the Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, between 3 – 24 September 2011. You can also find out more about the artist here.