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Tamarillo ceramics

Talented young ceramacist Lorrae Mehmel of Tamarillo Ceramics and Design may only be 24 years old, but she's already been crafting her art for three years. 'After deciding not to join another learning facility after school, I evolved artistically on my own,' she told HL. 'I was lucky to work in some of South Africa’s leading art galleries at first, where I developed relationships with renowned curators and artists who imparted their knowledge and passion for art with me.' One glance at Lorrae's work and it's obvious she is a proudly South African artist herself. Motifs such as the protea and Karoo windmills show up repeatedly in all her ranges, a fact that she attributes to her having grown up on a farm in Victoria West. We particularly love her doilie range, which sees traditional dinner plates transformed into delicate lace work. 'I was surrounded by lace and doilies when I was growing up,' explains Lorrae. 'My ouma and mom use to love making them, and late afternoon tea was never complete without a doilie-covered tray.' What next for the young ceramicist? 'The range is ever expanding and it will continue to incorporate as much of South African nature and landscapes as possible. After all, these are signatures of who we are proud to be.' To see more Tamarillo products, or for stockist information, visit Lorrae's blog at tamarilloceramics.blogspot.com