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Michael Haigh proteas

Ceramicist Michael Haigh is more well-known overseas than on his own South African soil, thanks to his collections for international brands Anthropologie, West Elm and Joseph Conran. There are two KZN stores which stock his covetable ceramics though: Café Bloom near Nottingham Road and Durban’s Shoppe, which is where we discovered Michael’s delicate ceramic protea sculptures. ‘The form of a protea is just incredible,’ says Michael of the inspiration behind the design. ‘They are almost sculptural and so beautiful, but they never last, even dried, they eventually die. My intention in creating these sculptures was so that I could have a protea which can be enjoyed forever.’ Capetonians may recognise the protea sculptures from an exhibition entitled 101 Place Settings earlier this year where Michael used them as part of a dinner set installation. The proteas are available in several colours, from deep ox-blood to a delicate creamy white. We loved the on-trend yellow and grey versions, too. There are also a few designs: little flower heads and giant flower heads and proteas with stalks and leaves. To buy a protea sculpture or two for your home and soak up some inspiration for how to display them, visit Shoppe where owner Sonia Vosloo has carefully curated the space to show off the best of South African design, including Michael’s proteas and other ceramic creations. Michael Haigh’s Ceramic Protea Sculptures are priced from R250. Find them at Shoppe, 40 Marriot Road, Durban, 083-626-6088 and at Café Bloom, Country Courtyard, just off the R103, Nottingham Road, 033-266-6118.